Will Facebook destroy your brain?

According to this story here in the UK’s Daily Mail, Facebook and Twitter have created a generation obsessed with themselves, who have short attention spans and a childlike desire for constant feedback on their lives. It then carries on to explain that

Baroness Greenfield, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University, believes the growth of internet ‘friendships’ – as well as greater use of computer games – could effectively ‘rewire’ the brain.”

This of course is not only not a new claim, but also has zero evidence. What we have here is an argument from authority, and not a journalistic write-up from some study … let me repeat, just to be sure you get it …

there is no evidence that supports this.

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Peer review: Trial by Twitter

Interesting article in nature a couple of days ago … first the core of the article, then some additional thoughts from me .. Blogs and tweets are ripping papers apart within days of publication, leaving researchers unsure how to react. “Scientists discover keys to long life,” proclaimed The Wall Street Journal headline on 1 July … Read more