Two new studies have suggested that the constant flood of information may result in brains blocking the development of wisdom – traits such as empathy, tolerance, emotional stability and compassion, and we become ‘ethically numb’.
With the amount of information consumed increasing each year – the amount of time people spend on line went up by nearly a quarter from 2006 to 2007, it’s feared that the brain may reach saturation point, and begin to shut down.
Professor Dilip Jeste, the author of one of the studies said: “Psychosocially positive behaviours such as admiration and indignation are more work for the brain than basic emotions such as pain response.
“Constant bombardment by outside high-intensity stimuli is not likely be healthy. It may prevent people from having an opportunity to digest the information, match it with culturally resonant reactions and then execute well-considered behavioural responses.”