Neuroscientist Frets Over Social Networks, Games

Thursday, February 26, 2009 4:00PM - By Jared Newman, from GearCrave.

The concept of technology rewiring human behavior can either be spun as a force of good or an evil torment that will ruin society.

Oxford University neuroscientist Susan Greenfield chose the latter path, telling the Daily Mail that social networking Web sites and computer games could infantilize children’s brains “into the state of small children who are attracted by buzzing noises and bright lights, who have a small attention span and who live for the moment.

” It’s a pretty wild rant, with speculation that screen time could have something to do with autism and ponderings on whether the transition to computer socialization is akin to the prevalence of packaged meat over killing, skinning and butchering animals.

Seriously. Of course, none of these claims are backed by, you know, scientific research, but that’s okay because she’s a scientist. [Daily Mail via Ars Technica]

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