With the increase in technology and the widespread of the internet throughout the global village, humans are becoming more and more addicted. The internet has taken over the most part of our lives. Teenagers and professionals of today cannot imagine a day without the availability of internet. With the introduction of smartphones, this internet addiction reached a whole new level. With this internet, one can get any information on any topic in a matter of seconds. An endless ocean of information is present in your pockets in the form of smartphones, at all times. With the availability of online colleges, one can even earn prestigious degrees such as BSC, MSc, Ph.D., etc; all online. But all these benefits do not come alone and are accompanied with something that might be a serious threat. Scientists have discovered a lot of evidence that proves that the excessive use of internet in our daily lives is re-wiring our brains.
With the availability of the internet at all times, we do not feel the need to remember things like numbers, addresses, etc. The internet has taken the role of an external hard drive of our brain where information is stored outside of our minds. It is proven through experimentation that the human mind is relying more and more on this external hard drive.
With the impact of the internet on our lives, the education system has also changed. Teachers now focus more on teaching students the concepts and ideas rather than making them memorize numbers and figures that can be easily searched on the internet within a matter of seconds.
We hardly give our full attention to a particular task. For example, you will often find yourself updating your social profile while listening to music or while texting a friend. This is known as the phenomenon of continuous partial attention. As of yet, it is to be researched if this phenomenon is a distraction of the mind or its adoption to the overwhelming flow of information.
People know that the information can be found easily on the internet so their brains do not bother to remember it. This is proven by experimentation in which two groups of individuals were asked to type pieces of trivia. One of the groups was told that their information will be erased while the other group was told that the information would be saved. The outcome was what one might anticipate; the people of the group that was told that the data will be saved were less likely to remember the information than the other group.
Rather than remembering things, facts and figures itself our brains are adapting to remembering how to locate the information on the internet. In this way, the brain has to remember less. We are getting better at locating the information rather than remembering it. This can be a good thing, experts say, as we are adapting to newer technology and becoming better at finding new information.
If we are faced with a difficult query our first reaction is to Google it. Students of the past had to research by reading books and articles while today one can simply Google the required information which can be easier and faster.
Contrary to popular belief, with the availability of all this information at our fingertips, MTV, video games and much more, we are becoming smarter. Yes, we are not becoming dump rather our IQ is increasing considerably. This is yet to discover as of what directly relates to the increase in our IQ but this is happing and it is because of the advancements in technology.
It is becoming really hard to concentrate. We are becoming more used to reading headings, tips and highlights on the internet and social media. We have become addicted to skimming rather than reading. A thorough reading of more than even a few minutes is considered a task nowadays and the mind starts wandering.
With so much information available over the internet it is an obvious fact that a huge fraction of it is useless and meaningless. The era where one had to be a considerable post to write or print something has passed and now anyone can post anything on the internet for a huge spectrum of readers. Due to this researchers have to find relevance and authenticity of the document. With a habit of finding the relevance and reliability of the information, we are becoming better at it with the passing time.
The information is stored in short-term memory and the memory consolidation has become less effective. We have become more distracted even when offline. We are becoming less creative.
If all of this change seems too much to you and you need your brain to function properly then you need to take nootropics. Nootropics are drugs or supplements that increase brain activity and thought process, making you more productive. Apart from that, nootropics are known to boost memory, increase focus, and motivate. There are many nootropics available in the market today and all of them have slightly different compositions and mechanisms, thus, affecting the brain in a different manner. People can use different types of Nootropics for different purposes.
As nootropics are known to improve cognitive functioning, students use it to ace their exams or perform well as a whole. Some nootropics are also used to reduce stress, thus, improving focus and the quality of sleep.
Experts advise that nootropics should be taken according to the recommendation and prescription of your doctor. This is especially important when you have a chronic disease or are taking other medication for other purposes. One should take nootropics in the prescribed dosage and excessive use may harm you rather than doing well. Nootropics have many adverse side-effects and so proper care and knowledge should be used while taking them.