Why The Modern World is Bad for our Brain

I felt the need to write all week but I couldn’t find the time. This week unlike in the past month or so I’ve had several ideas about what to write about. From a film called Vietnam In HD; a comprehensive film about the Vietnam war from beginning to end, a report I heard on NPR about job growth in December, and how we may have finally turned the corner with regard to unemployment, to writing about The Ego and the Id Sigmund Freud

But there has been something gnawing at me for some time now. It has to do with communication or the lack of. It seems that the internet and it’s by products; email, texting, tweeting and everything else that eliminates the need to speak. Our day-to-day communications seem to be limited to 140 characters or less, just like a tweet on Twitter. Any more than that and we are cut off. It’s no wonder so many people who are lucky enough to have health coverage that allow for psychological visits or who can afford to pay cash for the sessions are utilizing them. I own two copies of William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White’s, The Elements of Style. I try to follow the principles of “Make every word tell”; hence, the 17th principle of composition is the simple instruction: “Omit needless words”. I believe these rules can apply to speech as well. Chatty Cathy, I am not.

Children now have Ipad’s in the classroom and everywhere I go I see kids who can barely walk with their eyes or thumbs glued to their phones. Same thing goes for their parents. I did a query “How the internet is affecting communication” and found that I’m not the only one thinking about this. There were thousands of articles, from every day bloggers, even the FBI, and a myriad of other sources. I found this article by the Guardian Why the Modern World is bad for our Brain

An excerpt from the article states the following “There’s a fly in the ointment. Although we think we’re doing several things at once, multitasking, this is a powerful and diabolical illusion. Earl Miller, a neuroscientist at MIT and one of the world experts on divided attention, says that our brains are “not wired to multitask well… When people think they’re multitasking, they’re actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do, there’s a cognitive cost in doing so.” So we’re not actually keeping a lot of balls in the air like an expert juggler; we’re more like a bad amateur plate spinner, frantically switching from one task to another, ignoring the one that is not right in front of us but worried it will come crashing down any minute. Even though we think we’re getting a lot done, ironically, multitasking makes us demonstrably less efficient’ It is so true. How can we be in the moment when at the back of our minds we are worrying about something else we need to do? And, what about that feeling of accomplishment you get when you do something that takes a lot of concentration from beginning to end? It is worth pondering.

Which reminded me of one of our clients products, a series of books called KidsEq Emotional Literacy Series.  Perhaps, if we start young, a new generation will value language and have the skills required to deal with any situation. I can’t think of a better time for books like these for children.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this blog.

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