Surfing the web to better (mental) health

According to a new UCLA study, searching the web enhances brain circuitry in middle-aged and older adults.  In the same way that crossword puzzles, regular reading, and other mind-stimulating activities are thought to help keep the brain “in shape,” this new research suggests adding web surfing to the list.

While the study focused on older web users – ‘silver surfers’ – it also distinguished between those with more and less web experience.  The results showed that more seasoned web users benefited greater from searching the web than from ordinary reading because web searches “produced significant additional activity in separate areas of the brain which control decision-making and complex reasoning.”

In other words, all the time I have wasted spent becoming an “experienced” netizen should pay off further down the road…

(via BBC)