My boyfriend and I can sit here for hours… surfing, scrolling, tapping, searching… and suddenly it’s midnight.
I feel completely disorientated, drained, and utterly empty “upstairs”.
Why does my brain literally feel rubbery? Thoughts slide slowly around but not coherently… it’s like someone’s vacuumed my head empty. It’s black, it’s a void. It’s dead space.
This is the feeling of the “internet hole”.
What I would give for a nifty little self-reading EEG at these times. I just desperately want to prove what the I know electric impulses are doing: Nothing.
If you read the reports out of China this month, teenagers who surf the net for 13 hours a day have significantly reduced grey matter.
“Our study reflects the long-term Internet addiction can lead to deterioration in brain structure,” said the researchers.
The brain cortex functions to process memory, emotion, speech, sight and hearing as well as control the movement of people.
This is coupled with the Washington Post reports this month that search engines like Google are effectively changing our brain structures:
“We remember less through knowing information itself than by knowing where the information can be found,” says Columbia University psychologist Betsy Sparrow.
This is scary.
I’m logging off right now.
Right after I take this nifty little memory quiz…