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What is the Internet Doing to our Brains?

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What is the Internet Doing to our Brains? – a question we adults often ponder as we witness adolescents spend inordinate hours on laptops, smartphones and IPads. Unlike our own adolescent experience so much of the young adult world is on the net: from social media and gaming to homework assignments and research.

In May 2013, Epipheo.TV launched a video which answers this question in an entertaining and concise way. It is definitely worth viewing with your children as well as following up with a discussion.

Here is a précis from Epipheo.TV:

Most of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us. It changes how we think, how we work, and it even changes our brains.

We interviewed Nicholas Carr, the author of, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” about how the Internet is influencing us, our creativity, our thought processes, our ideas, and how we think. (Published on May 6, 2013) 

The important message to glean from the video and to impart to adolescents is the importance of off-screen time (as well as 9 to 10 hours sleep by the way) in order to consolidate our learning.

By calming our mind, controlling our attention and focusing on one thing at a time, our brains are better able to move our learning from our working memory to our long term memory. Hence, adolescents as well as adults become better thinkers, learners and more successful students.

Nancy A. Remondi


Author: nremondi

Like many of my students, I am a Third Culture Kid - well, a Third Culture Big Kid. In my adult life, I have lived and worked as an middle school educator in Japan, Hong Kong, Jordan, England and the United Arab Emirates. In 2009, I returned to Hong Kong to take my first post as a middle school counselor where I have truly found my niche. My days are filled with opportunities to connect with students, colleagues and parents. I absolutely love my job. When not connecting with the school community, I enjoy all this great city has to offer - from its hiking trails and beaches to the crowded markets of Kowloon and the cosmopolitan chic of Central. My passions include travel, photography, service work, food, cinema, literature and the arts.

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