3 Ways Technology Has Completely Re-tuned Our Brains

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This is the age of Technology and it has altered human physiology. Now it changes how we think or how we act we are bound to the technology, It becomes an integral part of our daily lives. It affects our memory, attention spans, and even sleep cycles. This is connected to a scientific phenomenon known as neuroplasticity, or in simple terms, your brain has altered its behavior and adapted to new realities. In this case, the vast amount of information offered by the Internet and interactive technologies.

Even some experts have advocated the effects of tech on the brain, praising its ability to organize our lives and free our minds for even deeper and profound thinking. Others think that technology has crippled our attention spans and made us uncreative and impatient if we have to deal with anything analog or manual.

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We even dream in color.

Television affects our mind so completely, it may even affect our dreams. In 2008, a study conducted at Scotland’s Dundee University found that adults over the age of 55 who had grown up with a black and white television set were more likely to dream in black and white. Participants who grew up in the age of color and with color TV sets, almost always experienced their dreams in color. The American Psychological Association also agreed with this report in 2011.

Dream research is also been conducted in the early 1900s through the 1950s, has also proposed a relationship between exposure to black and white television and dreaming in black and white. Dreams turn into color with the development of Technicolor in the 60s.

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We experience fear of missing out…

FOMO or fear of missing out is defined by The New York Times as “the blend of anxiety, inadequacy, and sensitivity that can flare up while browsing social media,” and it all seems legit.

Before the age of Instagram and Facebook, people who chose to spend a quiet Saturday night at home with a rented movie from Blockbuster and sipping their favorite booze or playing at gaming site was considered as satisfied and life was fulfilled and good at home without thinking about what other people are doing and should I be doing something else. But thanks to social media, that feeling is satisfied by pictures and posts of delicious dinners, roaring parties and vacation photos, endless videos of friends chugging a beer and having their share of fun on top of that. Even if such activities are not your idea of fun, you’ll definitely have that feeling: “Should I be doing something else right now?” That’s FOMO and sadly we all face it one time or another and feel left our or depressed because of it.

It is been proven to some extent that watching photos and videos of food on social media make your own meal taste bland by comparison.

Phantom vibration syndrome

Phantom vibration syndrome.

We now mostly think our phones are ringing or might be vibrating when they are not. In a 2012 study published in the journal Computers and Human Behavior, researchers discovered that 89% of the 290 undergraduates studied reported feeling “phantom vibrations,” the physical sensation that their phone was vibrating, even when it wasn’t, once every two weeks. Hospital workers find the same conclusion and when now I think of it, it happens to me quite often as well.

A research psychologist suggested that physical sensations, itch, for example, can now be misinterpreted by our brains as a vibrating phone. “Something in your brain is being triggered that’s different than what has triggered just a few short years ago,” he said.

No one is really bothered by such vibrations but they are freaky none the less.

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