Can electronics ruin the human brain?

Did you ever think that electronics could fry the human brain?  Well, it happens all the time.  There are thousands of people in the world who are electronic addicts.

By William Sprouse, Tristan Schwartz 6C

Too much electronic use can cause the human brain to decrease in the amount of intelligence that it has.  Researchers have done many studies on whether or not internet overuse can cause structural brain damage.  A group of researchers have taken several students from a university who have spent about 13 hours a day, and 6 days a week on electronics.  These students were correlated as internet addicts.  The researchers then took a few other students who have spent less than two hours on an electronic a day.  Too much electronic use causes gray matters in the brain therefore the students who spent more time on their devices had grey and shorter memory spans.

Researches have also done many studies showing that computer, phone, and TV screens can keep you from falling asleep for several hours.  When the human brain is focused on electronics for too long, it sometimes prevents from going to sleep, interferes with concentration, and give someone headaches or migraines, as well as possibly even make you show inappropriate behavior.  Also, social websites such as, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram can damage a child’s brain by shortening your attention span.  As researchers have proven, electronics can also be addictive to the point where one can’t sleep and rest because they choose to surf the internet instead of going to sleep at a respectful hour.  The parents of teenagers have a hard time controlling the amount of time their child spends on their device.  This is due to the addictive nature of electronic devices.  Also, if you are on your device several hours leading up to bed, your brain will still be functioning and it won’t shut off for a long period of time.  Researchers have said that you need to turn off your device at least two hours before you either take a nap or go to bed at night.

Electronics are extremely addicting to anyone, even the most unexpected people: toddlers.  As you can see in our picture young children and children can easily get involved with electronics.  A screen is proven to be extremely attracting, it will most definitely be chosen over a book.  


By William Sprouse, Tristan Schwartz