The Teenage Brain on Technology, Analysis of Article by Genevieve Johnson and Nicholas Carr

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Alterations in the Brain Enters the Technological World

Around the world, the internet is a resource where individuals can meet new people, do research, or access entertainment. Although technology can do many different tasks, it also can alter child development. The effects of child development have become a main concern regarding the internet. In their separate articles, Genevieve Johnson and Nicholas Carr discuss how the technological world is becoming hazardous for the brains of adolescence. The articles mainly focuses on how a person can resort to their brain changing as they continue to use the Net and the effected social behaviors on child development. In The Shallows, Nicholas Carr uses chapter seven to discuss the studies of how individuals alter their brain when they use the internet for lengths of time. Gary Small, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA states “the daily use of computers, smartphones, search engines, and other such tools ‘stimulates brain alteration and neurotransmitter release, gradually strengthening new neural pathways in our brains while weakening old ones’” (Carr 120). In other words, when individuals surf the web they are experiencing a new brain activity than the activity they were doing before. While in Johnson’s article, she discusses how the internet helps children’s cognitive skills by learning how to use the internet. Johnson and Johnson explained how “children who used the Internet at home for learning and communicating demonstrated

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