Friday, July 9, 2010
TECHNOLOGY CAUSES ADD-LIKE BEHAVIORS?
The June 7, 2010 issue of the NY Times had this headline on the front page” Hooked on Gadgets and Paying a Mental Price”. The article stated that scientists have found that multitasking with computer technology can reduce the ability to be creative and to focus well on tasks and activities. They claim that computer multitasking can produce a Dopamine (involved in the arousal and reward system) release which can be addictive.. almost acting as strong stimulant. In those who really have ADD, boredom and anxiety often set in without stimulation. So can using a variety of computer tasks, particularly multitasking excessively do the same with non-ADDers, particularly if in the moment, they are multitasking?