It goes without saying that there are many benefits to technology. For example, the Internet provides us with instant access to an unlimited amount of information. We can connect to anyone through social networking. Not to mention, Smart phones include applications to manage every detail of our lives. Yet, with all these advantages, the disadvantages are hard to ignore. In social or even professional settings, people are checking their e-mail, cell phone, and Facebook profile, distracting themselves from the physical world. This has led to a lack of communication skills, and thinking ability. Our relationships, jobs, and our brains are affected in negative ways.
The way we use technology is affecting our brains. Our brain is shaped by our habits and daily life. The nerve cells that make up our brains actually change in response to our experiences and stimuli. As technology has grown, attention spans have shortened, communication skills have suffered, as well as our ability to think abstractly. Scientists say that juggling email, phone calls, and other technology distractions, is affecting our ability to focus (Attached to technology).
Technology benefits our brains in a couple of ways. Imaging studies show that Internet users become more efficient at finding information, and video game players develop better visual acuity. However, these habits can be damaging if not done in moderation. The stimulation of technology can trigger dopamine levels to rise in the brain, due to excitement. Researchers say this can be addicting, and with out it, people feel bored (Attached to technology) Social networking sites, such as Facebook, allow us to connect with others over the Internet. The problem is that this can hinder personal relationships. Face-to-face communication is practiced less. Some people use e-mail to send difficult messages because it is less emotionally involved. In this way, one is protected from the negative emotional response, providing...
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