Sunday, February 20, 2022

How the Internet Affects Your Brain Function by J.Q.Rose #BWLpublishing


Deadly Undertaking by J.Q. Rose
Mystery, paranormal
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The Writing and Wellness site released a study entitled The online brain: how the Internet may be changing our cognition. According to the Oxford dictionary, cognition is "
the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses." 

Lead author Dr. Joseph Firth reported, “The key findings of this report are that high-levels of Internet use could indeed impact on many functions of the brain. For example, the limitless stream of prompts and notifications from the Internet encourages us towards constantly holding divided attention—which then, in turn, may decrease our capacity for maintaining concentration on a single task.” from the article 5 Ways to Power Up Your Writing in the Morning.

Dr. Rawan Tarawneh, in an article from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, states, "While digital multi-tasking may be a good practice for shifting focus, it may also weaken our ability to maintain focus on one area for an extended period of time." He adds, "In addition to its negative effects on cognition, excess internet use has been associated with a higher risk for depression and anxiety and can make us feel isolated and/or overwhelmed."

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Starting your day by checking your email and social media will set your brain up for a day of distraction. It's like starting the day eating sugar, so the rest of the day you will crave sugar. With all the multi-tasking online, you create a pattern for your brain to be in racing mode for the rest of the day.

If the Internet interferes with an adult brain, just imagine what it can do to a child's brain. The Internet has already shortened the attention span of adults to 8 seconds...shorter than a goldfish attention span. !!! 

The article suggests five ways to start off your morning so you will have a productive day of writing.

1. Read a poem
2. Read a book
3. Meditate
4. Make a gratitude list
5. Write down your thoughts for five minutes.

Have you noticed you have trouble concentrating during the day? Do you have any other suggestions on how to start your morning without first checking the Internet? 

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  1. Interesting. I start my day with reading the newspaper and then a bit from what ever fiction book I've been reading. Then it's breakfast in front of the TV and finally myemail. Then it's to work. Waiting for your next book

  2. Interesting and useful information. I may have to revise my schedule. Maybe I should write before checking my email. We'll see. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Guilty! I get a cup of coffee then check my emails...

    1. Ok, I'll be honest. I check my cell phone while drinking my coffee more often than not. But when I read with no screen first thing in the morning, my day goes better.


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