Facebook is eating our children’s brains

February 24th, 2009

“Facebook harms children’s brains.” That was the alarming meta-headline i saw this morning when I looked at the Gardian’s Web site.

The story, Facebook and Bebo risk ‘infantilising’ the human mind, starts off

“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.”

I wish Lady Greenfield would tell us what she really thinks.

I can remember when it was comic books that were corrupting the minds of a new generation. Then it was the music (it’s almost always the music), TV, birth control, hippie values, MTV, consumerism, texting and now this. And Professor Greenfield may not even be aware of Twitter!

I’d like to see some data.