Mobile Computing and Social Networking

Mobile computing and social networking is having a detrimental effect on the brain. Many younger users are literally changing the layout of their brain and its physicality while also damaging their ability to have human connections because of their addiction to mobile computing and social networking.

Human beings are losing their ability to communicate with others. People who own smartphones on average check them every 6.7 seconds. This amounts to a total 150 times per day. In doing so the users are changing the way they interact with people. Instead of talking to them face to face they are turning to mobile computing and social networking on their phones. Studies recently showed that this is actually inhibiting their ability to develop relationships and communicate properly with others outside of a technical space.

In addition to this people who are addicted to mobile computer and social networking are causing great stress to their bodies and their minds. They are changing the layout of their brain in their addiction. The brain uses tactile responses to better retain and recall information that is learned. This means that when you read a book and actually flip the pages your brain retains more of the information for you to recall later. But when you read books on a tablet, your brain does not use the tactile response and uses short term memory to fleetingly review what is at hand. This means that you do not learn as much from reading something on a screen compared to reading it from a book. What is more, the more often you use social networking and mobile computer in lieu of other activities, the more than brain reduces the long term and tactile memory areas physically and grows the short term memory areas dedicated to mundane tasks. This means that the brain is literally being made to not retain information long term and only look at something for a fleeting moment.

Overall the use of mobile computing and social networking has had a negative effect on the brain. Younger users have altered and are still altering the layout of their brain and the brain’s physicality through continued use of mobile computing. Users are also inhibiting their ability to form and maintain human connections. Unless something is done to stop this, it will be detrimental to everyone and cause a great drop in intelligence and communication skills.