In Matt Ritchel’s New York Times recent article, “Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price,”
a dire picture is painted: We are hooked on technology (e-mail, text
messages, phone calls, social media), and our technophilia is changing
But what Ritchel does not make clear is that
everything changes the brain, and that these changes are not
necessarily a bad thing. For an excellent explanation of how this
works, check out a Mind Hacks blog entry from earlier this week, "Neuroplasticity is a Dirty Word.”
is not to say that the heavy technology use covered in the article is a
good thing—it sounds like the dynamics of the family featured in the
article are paying a more serious price than the brains in question.
And, as has been covered before, the brain was not built for serious multitasking.
I know I will think critically the next time someone says that
something is problematic or of particular interest because it changes