Tony Parkin explores the techno-fear behind media headlines with help from the Nominet Trust
Newspaper headlines warn of threats like “Internet search engines cause poor memory, scientists claim” (Daily Telegraph July 15, 2011), but a timely publication from the Nominet Trust reviews what science really tells us about the impact of the internet on our brains, and those of our children.
The research that generates these kinds of articles usually paints pictures far less dramatic and negative than the headlines suggest. Indeed, the Telegraph story isn't negative and refers to shifts in memory behaviours rather than simply 'poor memory'. So what's the problem?