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Students brains ‘rewired’ by the internet

London Telegraph [1]
Thursday, February 11th, 2010

British students are unable to concentrate on reading an academic book for study, because the internet is ‘”rewiring” their brains, a new documentary claims.

Experts say the internet encourages users to dart between pages instead of concentrating on one source such as a book, the traditional staple of student research.

This new ‘associative’ thinking leaves the majority incapable of ‘linear’ disciplines like reading and writing at length because their minds have been remoulded to function differently.

And within three years, hundreds of thousands of British teenagers will require medication or hospital treatment for mental illnesses caused by excessive web use, psychologists warn.

The claims will be made on the final episode of BBC2’s The Virtual Revolution on Saturday, February 20.

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