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Surfing The Internet Is Good For The Brain Says Study

We already knew that gaming improves your memory overall and that computer games did have benefits for children. Now a new study carried out by the University of California in Los Angeles claims that Internet usage can help boost your brain power.

24 volunteers aged between 55 and 76 who put in two groups. Half of them were non web users - the control group -while the other half were experienced web users. The second group were asked to perform searches on the web and it was found that these - together with the likes of puzzles and sudoku - minimise the impact on age on brain functions; basically playing the role of an MOT for braniacs.

More specifically, distinct areas of the brain - which control decision making and complex reasoning - had increased levels of activity that became apparent when the volunteers' brains were scanned using Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI.

As one commentator wrote, Google could potentially prolong lives but what the research also showed was that it was indeed the extended and varied use of brain areas to perform a number of features (reading books, surfing the net, doing puzzles) that ultimately proves to be the best exercise.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.