Internet Makes Us Smarter & Stupider!

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Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer

A computer circuitboard brain. What does a tech-savvy brain look like?
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Will constant access to the Internet make today’s young people brilliant multitaskers or shallow, screen-bound hermits? A new opinion poll finds that technology experts believe the answer is “all of the above.”

According to a new survey of 1,021 technology experts and critics, hyperconnectivity is a mixed bag. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed agreed that the Internet has wired the under-35 crowd differently, and that this rewiring is a good thing, stimulating multitasking talent and an ability to find relevant information fast online. But 42 percent of experts believe that the hyperconnected brain is shallow, with an unhealthy dependence on the Internet and mobile devices.

“Short attention spans resulting from quick interactions will be detrimental to focusing on the harder problems, and we will probably see a stagnation in…

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