Technology gadgets and items are changing our daily lives and affecting how we function and think. There are around 20% of people in the world so-called “digital immigrants” who do not use the internet, Facebook, Google and the like. To these individuals, any internet connection and other gadgets act as a foreign language they do not understand. According to the opinion of many leading experts in the human brain, it is much larger than the generation gap.
Digital Emigrant Profile: The digital emigrant’s brain does not evolve in the same way (due to the lack of use of technological means) as the brain of people born in the digital era. US scientists say that (through increased use of the front of the brain), the “older” brain can quickly adapt to changes in the new environment. Digital immigrants use technology. Due to the fact that they did not grow up with it, their brains learn to perform all the tasks more methodically and accurately. Technology start-ups are under constant stress while performing multiple tasks. In contrast, the younger generation of digital executives can easily perform three to four operations at a time, although not as efficiently.
Tips: Play board games, puzzles, and other mental training that improve cognitive skills, try to eliminate the typical triggers for internet use (boredom, loneliness, anxiety) in other more useful ways, limit the number of technology gadgets you use at the same time (the side effects of technology overuse are de-concentration, impulsiveness and hyperactivity-symptoms of attention deficit disorder), strike a balance by setting a time of day for the internet, mobile accounts or writing messages on Facebook.
Profile of people born in the digital era: US polls show that 90% of young people (ages 18-29) use the internet. Only 32% of people over 60 use the internet. Young people read books and magazines less than the older generation. That drop is 40% according to a UK survey. 16% of people between the ages of 18 and 34 read books and dailies. They have short attention spans. Conventional TV is too slow for them. A third of adolescents use multiple media most of the time. People who play aggressive computer games have difficulty quickly and accurately observing faces and details.
Tips & Warnings Improve brain function and memory through more frequent contact with real people, because just ten minutes of live conversation with a real person improves brain memory. Contacting real people enhances social skills and mitigates the negative effects of chronic internet use (depression, loneliness and anxiety). Socializing and exchanging thoughts with real people relieves stress, meditate because this technique slows down the thinking process and focuses the brain on one task at a time. slowing down the pace increases efficiency and precision in acting and thinking.
The technological era of mobile devices, phones, computers and the Internet and video games is creating what scientists call the “brain gap”. The younger generation looks and sounds different and their brains change and evolve to such an extent that they function differently. The brain is evolving at a speed never before recorded because of the technological revolution (we are currently in).
Each person’s brain development begins at an early age. Each person is born with the same neural patterns in the brain with certain genetic variations. Studies say that the environment models the shape and function of the brain-irreversible. 60% of brain synapses (connector sites between neurons) are formed by adolescence according to experience gained. People born in the digital age are constantly exposed to technological advances and the simulation of brain cells and the release of neurotransmitters stimulate the evolution of new neural pathways and the weakening of old ones.
Experts say that the strongest impact (for digital immigrants and digitally advanced people) comes from continued partial attention (holding down buttons on all devices) without really focusing on anything. This should not be confused with performing multiple tasks / tasks at the same time. This is the constant use of your mobile phone, e-mail and the Internet to create connections with others. It’s not an attempt to improve your efficiency while writing a business message in the mail at the same time as making a phone call to try to arrange a next business meeting or to chat with your loved ones. Because of this lifestyle, we are exposed to constant stress. We don’t have time to think, analyze past experiences or make conscious decisions. Most people live in constant search of new contacts, new news and information. When we get used to this phenomenon, it begins to feed our ego and the sense of personal value easily creates a dependency on technology. The consequence is that over time, we lose basic human and social values. British experts have found that every hour we spend on a computer shortens traditional face-to-face socializing with real people by half an hour. By weakening the mechanism in the brain to control human contact, our social interactions become atypical. We tend to misinterpret and miss subtle and non-verbal messages. There is one positive segment of brain evolution. In addition to a faster increase in average IQ, we can learn to respond more quickly to visual stimuli and improve many forms of attention and focus (for example, peripheral vision ability). We are also developing a better ability to quickly receive and distribute large amounts of information and decide what is important — or what is not important.
Instead of a digital attention deficit, humans are developing a neural mechanism perfectly adapted to quickly receive and sort information from all areas.