Browsing may make you stupid

A couple years ago Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid; The Shallows, proposed that heavy use of the Internet was leading to shallow thinking. This BBC piece points to a study investigating the brain activity of “Internet addicts”. Sure enough a different pattern of brain activity. These are interesting findings, but as any Intro Psych student should be able to tell you – this is a correlation study. We should be interested, concerned, but not convinced. Still, would quality research be possible? One would have to take volunteers and get a random sample from this group to spend thousands of hours online.

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