October 19th, 2008 17:51 EST
Surfing The Internet Stimulates The Mind
A person who spends an inordinate amount of time online is perceived by his friends and co-workers as a YouTube viewing slacker. Some Moms are quick to jump on their children if they spend more than a half hour online, but surfing the Net is not necessarily an indication of laziness.
According to a new study surfing the Internet is "good for the brain", especially for middleaged and older people.
"A University of California Los Angeles team found searching the web stimulated centres in the brain that controlled decision-making and complex reasoning.
The researchers say this might even help to counteract the age-related physiological changes that cause the brain to slow down.
The study features in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry."
We all have a grandpa or an elderly aunt who is too intimidated by the "newfangled computer" to buy one. With Christmas quickly approaching it would be a good idea to buy a computer for your favorite elderly relative, and to take the time to show him how to use it. Reading the news online, and researching favorite topics will keep him mentally alert.
According to the study surfing the Net stimulates the brain more than reading, because it requires a person to make decisions regarding which hyperlinks to click. My brain is getting a real workout right now, I`m trying to decide which Britney Spears thumbnail image to click.
I hope my elderly readers will be inspired and motivated to buy a computer, it will enrich their lives and stimulate their minds.