Monday, April 20, 2009
Scientific Dangers of Twitter?
I don't usually watch television because I spend my time blogging. However, I do follow the news on CNN.com. There was an interesting story about the scientific dangers of Twitter. Titled, "Scientists Warn of Twitter Dangers," this story suggests that "the streams of information provided by social networking sites are too fast for the brain's "moral compass" to process and could harm young people's emotional development." Wow! How was this study conducted?
According to researcher Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, "If things are happening too fast, you may not ever fully experience emotions about other people's psychological states and that would have implications for your morality."
I'm sure parents have a difficult time controlling how much time their children spend on the computer or on mobile devices like cell phones, PDAs, and smartphones. After watching this story, they're going to make sure their kids don't send any more tweets. Maybe CNN released this story because Twitter was getting overloaded with volume and they needed to give their servers a break.