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Facebook abuse can cause temporary loss of memory

Admittedly, Facebook brings many gadgets, especially the connection information and the exciting entertainment applications (games, music, movies ...). If used properly and at appropriate extent, this social network will be an effective tool for the modern citizen favored technology. However, when entering the world of Facebook, most people cannot resist the enchanting appeal of it. Surf Facebook therefore becomes a habit we hardly give up, a syndrome of “addiction”. 

Facebook addiction not only simply affects our physical health, making us more tired when constantly using, more dangerous, it also hides potential hazards to our mental health.

According to the conclusions of the group of scientists from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (RIT) announced on 23/9, the constant use of Facebook and other social networking sites can lead to temporary memory loss.

Erik Fransen, a member of the research team, said the characteristics of the Internet surfing behavior can block the ability to arrange all the necessary information of the brain. Some people believe in the so-called “working memory” or “short term memory” to understand the meaning of the world around. Active memory means people can store all the information pattern for completing particular tasks.

Staying closely with the computer connected to the Internet for a long time makes the brain have less time for “butler work” and unable to orderly arrange the clutter of information. Erik Fransen confirmed when you were wandering on Facebook, you made the brain work more severely to keep the things you needed that were “online” in your head.

And in fact, when you try to process sensory information such as speech or video, in a certain extent you also need a similar working memory system, so you are reducing the ability to word of your own memory. And, when you try to store things in working memory, you are less likely to process information better. Meanwhile, the majority of people believe that the brain requires “idle time” to convey data from the memory in the short term to the memory in the long term.

Thus, trying to perform a variety of mental tasks not only leads to overload of information, but also can reduce the operational efficiency of the brain in the long run.

This is not the first time the social networking sites like Facebook related to intellectual matters. Previous studies also have shown that Facebook related to anxiety, debt and even weight gain.

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