Are you a twitter whore?

Scientists say updates on networking tools such as Twitter are often too quick for the brain to fully digest.Some people have issues. They don’t know when to stop and always have too much of a good thing. Such is the case with people addicted to the Internets. How does it happen, you ask? I have no idea. But with each new platform, they come out of the woodworks with all kinds of new addictions. Twitter is no exception. Scientists have now identified a Twitter addiction as being bad for your health. Well, duh! The real story though is that the constant bombardment of news of suffering and injustice around the world makes us desensitized and we see it as updates rather than actual human suffering. Hmm… I know if i read a story about 300 people dying in an earthquake I need to give to Red Cross, not continue going on with my day. What do  you think? Here is some of the story from AP.

Rapid-fire TV news bulletins or getting updates via social-networking tools such as Twitter could numb our sense of morality and make us indifferent to human suffering, scientists say.

Scientists say updates on networking tools such as Twitter are often too quick for the brain to fully digest.

New findings show that the streams of information provided by social networking sites are too fast for the brain’s “moral compass” to process and could harm young people’s emotional development.

Before the brain can fully digest the anguish and suffering of a story, it is being bombarded by the next news bulletin or the latest Twitter update, according to a University of Southern California study.

“If things are happening too fast, you may not ever fully experience emotions about other people’s psychological states and that would have implications for your morality,” said researcher Mary Helen Immordino-Yang.

The report, published next week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online Early Edition, studied how volunteers responded to real-life stories chosen to stimulate admiration for virtue or skill, or compassion for physical or social pain. 

Brain scans showed humans can process and respond very quickly to signs of physical pain in others, but took longer to show admiration of compassion.

“For some kinds of thought, especially moral decision-making about other people’s social and psychological situations, we need to allow for adequate time and refection,” said Immordio-Yang.

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