Posted by: crudbasher | April 2, 2012

How Students Brains Are Changing

TekWar TV Movie

William Shatner is best known for being Captain Kirk on Star Trek. (he was also the Priceline guy). Most people don’t realize that he is also a scifi author. He wrote a series of books in the 1990s called TekWar. This story was set in the near future where an electronic device called “Tec” was used to achieve a state similar to being high on drugs. It did this by stimulating the brain to release endorphins and other mood altering chemicals.

Well, the future is now. There have been studies suggesting that prolonged Internet use does the same thing. People are actually becoming addicted to it, and exhibit withdraw symptoms when they are cut off for a while.

This situation is something we need to study more but here are some facts about the effects of the Internet on our brains. In my opinion, schools have done nothing to adapt to these facts, which makes them more and more obsolete.

      • The Internet is our external hard drive
      • Children are learning differently
      • We hardly ever give tasks our full attention
      • We don’t bother to remember
      • We’re getting better at finding information
      • Difficult questions make us think about computers
      • IQ is increasing over time
      • Our concentration is suffering
      • We’re getting better at determining relevance
      • We’re becoming physically addicted to technology
      • The more you use the Internet, the more it lights up your brain
      • Our brains constantly seek out incoming information
      • We’ve become power browsers
      • Online thinking persists even offline
      • Creative thinking may suffer

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