How the Internet Affects the Brain

It is clear that the Internet has revolutionized our lives. It has changed our way of working and also of living in general. Butaffects the internet to the brain?

New studies give answers about this, and for now, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that children under 5 years of age do not spend more than 1 hour a day in front of any type of screen.

Pros and cons

Certain studies have led to somewhat negative conclusions for the Internet, but others also see it as positive. So it all depends on the way it is used and the number of hours we spend connected to the Internet.


For certain people, the Internet is becoming an addiction. So they cannot control the number of hours they can spend online. Moreover, when they stop being, they have abstinence syndrome, just as it happens with those people who are hooked on drugs or other addictions. In this way, the internet affects the brain.

Erodes our memory

Although some think otherwise, it seems that so much information can overwhelm our brain and reduce our memory in the long run. Some studies conclude that all this amount of information hinders our attention span.

Less socializing?

Depends. There are studies that reaffirm the theory that the Internet makes we become less sociable and we are increasingly individualistic, and on the other hand, some social relationships are also reaffirmed when meeting new people or playing remotely with our friends.

Improve learning

According to Howard Gardner, a psychologist at Harvard University, new technologies force us to educate children in a different way. For example when you enter classes then it can lead to a more personalized and creative education, and as there is more interest, this improves your learning.


There are people who have digital stress. It is another consequence of the Internet on the brain. This is why it is important to limit the number of hours we spend connected so that it does not negatively influence the mind. This stress makes us an irritable person, who gets angry more easily.

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