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The Internet and Social Media Are Changing Your Brain!

You spend a lot of time on the internet. We know. Don’t worry; this is a judgement-free zone. We spend a lot of time on the internet and social media too.

But did you know that your web-surfing habits are changing the way your brain works? And it may not be for the better, although we can certainly adapt to work with our new cognitive abilities and shortcomings.

Because of the internet and social media, our brains are changing in a more powerful way than any other time in human history. Historically, changes in technology came slowly, allowing our brains plenty of time to catch up. Now technology is changing so quickly that our brains are forced to change quickly too, which means we know a lot less about ourselves and what makes us “tick” than we thought we did.

The internet has caused our brains to completely rewire themselves, making us crave the easy and rewarding stimulation that social media gives us.

Check out how else our brains are being affected by our modern, connected world.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.