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Is Your Brain Being Wired By Tech­nol­o­gy? (Cen­ter for Brain­Health at UT-Dal­las):

…Research shows we are exposed to three times more infor­ma­tion today as com­pared to four decades ago. This infor­ma­tion over­load leads to more mul­ti­task­ing and forces us to push our brain to do things it was not built to do. Tech­nol­o­gy is allow­ing us, push­ing us to do more as we tog­gle back and forth between projects and switch between using our per­son­al com­put­er and cell phone end­less­ly through­out the day…

This high-per­for­mance demand to smooth­ly switch back and forth fatigues the frontal lobe, slows effi­cien­cy, and decreas­es per­for­mance. Mul­ti­task­ing con­tributes to the death of brain cells, takes a dra­mat­ic toll on men­tal pro­cess­ing and caus­es increased errors. Mul­ti­task­ing also leads to the build up of cor­ti­sol, the stress hor­mone, and stress reduces the immune system’s first line of defense…

Bot­tom line: while tech­nol­o­gy can boost your brain­pow­er, it can also impair the nor­mal func­tion of our brain, espe­cial­ly the frontal lobe…

Our brain has the capac­i­ty to grow, change and repair itself through­out our life­time, form­ing new com­plex con­nec­tions through­out our lives. So know when to use tech­nol­o­gy and when to lose it. Doing so will bet­ter your brain’s health.”

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