So what does the University College researchers’ work have going for it?:
- They’re looking in the right place.
- They did see more grey matter in the brains of people with more virtual friends.
- Variability in the grey matter occurs across individuals and populations.
- The brain changes as it matures.
- More grey matter doesn’t necessarily mean better social networking.
- Further research needs to be done to directly connect the two factors.
“Another reader had this story. Her son had access to a computer starting at the age of 2. Once while they were shopping in a grocery store, she paused to find a label on a product. “Just click on it,” her son suggested.”—
“Watching a stream of updates and reactions to a live event on TweetDeck seems Paleolithic in comparison to what Thompson called a “media-suffused world.” No more will we be forced to choose between living our lives and following what’s going on.”—
“A recent experiment that I carried out using neuroimaging technology suggests that drug-related terms like “addiction” and “fix” aren’t as scientifically accurate as a word we use to describe our most cherished personal relationships. That word is “love.”—