Surfing in cyberspace (internet) turns out to be able to improve brain function and minimize the possibility of memory loss. At least this is evident in adults around 50 years and above. The results of a recent study by a University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) psychiatrist and neuroscientist research team showed that internet use in older people can improve cognitive function.
The National Geographic News website and the Telegraph daily, quoting the results of the study, said that the UCLA team compared 24 adults aged 55-78 years who had never opened the internet with those who never missed every day. As a result, there is increased activity in the part of the brain responsible for handling memory and making decisions. “This shows, flipping through sites on the internet can be an easy way to train the brain,” said senior researcher Teena D Moody.
This research volunteer was asked to open the internet at home for four hours every day. Not only just open the site, but specifically use search engines and answer questions on various topics on various sites. One week later the volunteers were examined and the result was an increase in brain activity in the area related to the ability to use language, visuals, memory, and reading.
So far, the effect of technology on brain function has been a heated debate. The Royal Institution director Susan Greenfield connects social networking sites on the internet with a reduced concentration in children. He also blamed short message services (SMS) as a cause of increasing indifference to children