The more you use your smartphone or tablet to read online, the more you learn – and the more you damage your brain.
Wait, what? Which is it? Are you keeping your brain fit by exercising your mental muscle or are you hurting it when you use the internet?
“Internet causes mental symptoms, such as fatigue and memory problems. People [who are always online] are focused on their devices and are not paying attention to the outside world,” says Dr. Gary Small, director of UCLA Longevity Center and editorial board member of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute.
Dr. Small is saying the brain is pretty much like many relationships: complicated. What a weird paradox that the more you feed your brain when you use the internet, the more you may be damaging it.
Digital dementia: big idea from Dr. Small
Digital dementia – that’s what Dr. Small calls the phenomenon. He arrived in the Philippines on April 25, 2016 to discuss the relationship between brain aging and internet use.