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Google Searching is Good for your Brain!

Posted by Matthew Greensmith at 6:50 AM on October 15, 2008

According to a study being released in next month’s American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, internet web searching may just enhance brain activity and keep your brain working at top function as you approach your middle-age and golden years.

The study compared subjects between the ages of 55 and 75 who were either reading a book, or searching the internet. Using functional MRI scans while the subjects were participating in these activities, researchers discovered significantly more brain activity with those that were searching the internet as opposed to those that were reading.

An oddity that appeared indicated that those who were familiar with web searching had higher activity than those who were new to searching and other internet activities.

I guess that means we geeks that are approaching middle age (I’m one of them…) should be just fine brain-wise! I’m a master searcher, having been involved with Internet-based research for many years before going into an academic environment. I’m always telling my students, “Google is your friend.” It’s better than a friend, it can keep your brain healthy into old age!

One Comment

  1. From Martin OConnor at 3:28 pm on October 15, 2008

    This makes perfect sense to me. When you are familiar with search, you are always thinking about your search query. What are the effective keywords that will narrow down what you are looking for? Should you use quotes around some words? Can you come up with a keyword that says exactly what you mean?
    Those unfamiliar with searching don’t know that even Google is not a mind reader …. yet!