The Guardian: Facebook and Bebo risk ‘infantilising’ the human mind
Social network sites risk infantilising the mid-21st
century mind, leaving it characterised by short attention spans,
sensationalism, inability to empathise and a shaky sense of identity,
according to a leading neuroscientist.
The startling warning from Lady Greenfield, professor of synaptic
pharmacology at Lincoln college, Oxford, and director of the Royal
Institution, has led members of the government to admit their work on
internet regulation has not extended to broader issues such as the
psychological impact on children.