Spending an hour or two a day online might not be so bad after all. A new study suggests that spending time on the Internet increases brain activity in areas of the brain related to memory and cognition.
The study followed 24 volunteers between the ages of 55 to 78. Half of the participants were familiar with the Internet, while the other half had little to no Web experience.The study showed that amongst the participants, surfing the web stimulated the brain more than reading a book. Results also showed that the positive effects extended long after the web activity ended. Brain activation patterns of patients that had little knowledge of the Internet was that over time their grew with their experience.
Researchers speculate that not any old surfing will do.The lesson here is that it's important to keep the mind engaged and challenged whether it's surfing the Internet, doing crossword puzzles, or even playing video games.