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Study Shows That Web Surfing May Slow Down Dementia

Surfing the Web Slows Down Dementia

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.

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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
I guess since the study was half users with knowledge of the internet and half without, this question is moot, but I wonder how much the fact that some were not internet users had to do with brain activity. Learning something new or doing something that doesn't invoke memorization will cause different areas of the brain to activate, which could be interpreted as learning a new skill. I also wonder how each groups' behaviors differed when online, i.e. were the indoctrinated users playing games vs. new users just discovering a new way of taking in info. Either way, interesting study.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Cool. It's definitely important to keep your mind busy as you get older. My grandma does crosswords and other stuff like that, but I guess grandmas of today have computers, so they can surf. Makes sense to me.
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