Your Brain on the Internet

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Has the Internet changed us in a fundamental way? Are we different from the way we were twenty, fifteen or even just five years ago? We’ve gone from surfing the Internet on slow dial-up connections to taking it with us wherever we go thanks to smartphones. Most of us feel the Internet has made our lives better. We have access to more information than ever before and we’re more connected than we’ve ever been.

But is all of that a good thing? What did we do before we had our smartphones to entertain us in the minutes before the bus or a friend turned up? Has the ability to jump from page to page and topic to topic provided by social networking and good old fashioned web surfing changed our attention spans? Are we different people in our online and offline lives? Is there a price to pay for all of this convenience and connectivity?

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