How technology affects brain chemistry
We all know that feeling. You pop in your pocket or hand bag to get the phone, but there is not. And once the heart does a somersault. Where could I leave him? In the office? In the bar? I fell under the seat in the car? Panic begins. What would you have been busy at the moment, it's does not matter - the main thing is to find your phone, and immediately.
Why do we behave like hysterical schizophrenic when losing your favorite toy? Why is it so hard to control myself and not go into the usual social networking sites at least daily? It turns out that modern technologies have strongly influenced the chemistry of our brains, so much so that we have become slightly different from cocaine addiction. We will tell you exactly what's going on in the brain when you use your favorite gadgets.
Gadgets cause stress rather than relieve it
The use of modern devices increases levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. The Internet has given us open access to information and entertainment. But at the same time, we learn from the Internet bad news and seeing what irritates most of the world's population regularly uses the worldwide network: instagramy people, spread the food photos. The study, in which the measured cortisol levels in children who play video games for a day on the computer and the phone, found that those who spend over devices for more than three hours a day have significantly higher levels of stress than children in the control group.
You will learn more, but quickly forget the
When we learn something new, our brain takes time to transfer the acquired knowledge in long-term memory. But the constant use of technology interfere with this process. 9 hours a day, we stare at a computer monitor at work, on the way home to watch the news or write text messages on the phone and watching TV at home having dinner and go to bed. The next day all over again. Many people live well, and scientists believe that this lifestyle destroys the brain. If you do not stop running from one gadget to another during the day, you can never learn anything new.
The bright screen disrupts sleep
Nevroli claim that light that radiate phones, tablets and computers, suppresses melatonin production, the sleep hormone. In the past, when night came, the brain is secreting melatonin, which spoke to our body that it's time to shut down for several hours. Even artificial light suppresses the reaction, causing the brain to think that the street is another day. Every time, before going to bed checking incoming messages, you convince your brain to keep you alert. And lack of sleep can lead to depression, cognitive disorders, and then, yes, to organize their own fight club.
Internet making us stupid
Of course, when we pass the online tests or pochityvayu twitter Klitschko, it seems that we are instead getting smarter by the day. But, again, the research conducted on the Internet addicts have shown that the excessive enthusiasm web surfing reduced thickness of the cortex of the brain regions that help us to reflect on the problem. We can learn more, but it will lose the sharpness of critical thinking.
Internet - the same cocaine
MRI showed that the brain Internet addicts looks just like the brain of cocaine addicts and alcoholics. Nothing permanent unlimited access to World Wide Web makes it very difficult to get rid of the problem of Internet addiction. Of course, most of us will not become full addicts, but for all of us there are changes in the brain caused by a habit not to leave with gadgets. Your drug - Google, and the dealer - the Internet provider.
Pros: video games can improve mental process
Gamers Brain scans revealed that the game can increase the amount of gray matter in areas of the brain responsible for planning and long-term memory. So if you have seriously scared the preceding paragraphs, there is at least one consolation: the game, in moderation, of course, can really develop your brain.