Internet use ‘good for the brain’

I have been an enthusiastic web proponent since my first webmaster job in 1996.   I had expected that the web would look like TV, and  it was a surprise to see that it was really just a lot of text files with just an occasional picture thrown in.  But what access to information!  I was hooked right away, and I have actively participated in weaving the web through the years  as it gets better and better.

Now BBC has a report that actively using the web seems to be good for the brain as well.  A fun hobby, a wonderful source of information, and a brain booster as well – What more could you want?

For middle-aged and older people at least, using the internet helps boost brain power, research suggests.

A University of California Los Angeles team found searching the web stimulated centres in the brain that controlled decision-making and complex reasoning.The researchers say this might even help to counteract the age-related physiological changes that cause the brain to slow down.  The study features in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

As the brain ages, a number of changes occur, including shrinkage and reductions in cell activity, which can affect performance.

It has long been thought that activities which keep the brain active, such as crossword puzzles, may help minimise that impact – and the latest study suggests that surfing the web can be added to the list.

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