Friday, 8 December 2017

Internet could increase dementia risk

Do you turn to Google or other search engines each time you can’t remember something? You could increase your risk for dementia, said an expert.

Professor Frank Gunn-Moore, director of research for the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews, called the phenomenon outsourcing the brain to the Internet.

In a Daily Mail article, Prof Gunn-Moore said that people are “performing a dementia experiment on themselves as they increasingly rely on the Internet for information rather than using their brains”.

“We will have to wait and see if this outsourcing affects dementia prevalence,” he said, adding that good brain health comes from using the brain.

Prof Gunn-Moore is not the first one to make the connection. In a 2016 study, researchers at the University of California and University of Illinois found that Internet dependence changes the way people think and remember.

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