NPR - Aug 24 - The average person today consumes almost three times as much information as what the typical person consumed in 1960, according to research at the UC San Diego. The average computer user checks 40 sites a day and can switch programs 36 times an hour. "When you check your information, when you get a buzz in your pocket, when you get a ring — you get what they call a dopamine squirt. You get a little rush of adrenaline," says Times technology journalist Matt Richtel. "Well, guess what happens in its absence? You feel bored." There are enormous benefits associated with technology, too. Research from the University of Rochester indicates that certain video gamers have more visual acuity than those who don't game. And there's value in offloading thinking to a computer, for example, using Google Maps instead of calling for directions or organizing information in Excel instead of keeping track of it in your head. FULL ARTICLE @ NPR
Mark Brooks: Its very wise to take a day off on the weekend and abstain from touching a computer. Still, I need my dopamine!!
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