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Twitter May Cause Harm to Emotional Development Due to Information Overload

Is Twitter Impeding Our Ability to Stop and Smell the Roses?

How do you feel when Twittering? Do you feel elated as a rush of pure joy surges through your body? OK, I won't continue down that path, but I am interested in finding out how Twitter really makes you feel.

I just read an article on CNN that describes how scientists are learning that Twitter is having detrimental effects on the mind, since a constant stream of byte sized updates (known as tweets in our world), are too quick for the brain to fully absorb. They claim that this lack of "proper processing" could actually harm a child's emotional development as well as desensitize our sense of morality and compassion towards others. Researcher Mary Helen Immordino-Yang said this about the issue:

"If things are happening too fast, you may not ever fully experience emotions about other people's psychological states and that would have implications for your morality."

Sometimes sites like Facebook and Twitter leave me with a sense of guilt (for not updating/checking them enough) and a feeling of being overwhelmed (since there's so much to catch up on and I can't devote enough of my time to certain people). What are your thoughts?


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