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15-09-2011, 12:03 PM
Facebook causes brain damage?
I would go so far as to say that the internet in general has gone a good distance on causing a great loss of intelligence for the most part due entirely on the masses that have been using it since it's inception. Most people don't want to use the internet for seeking knowledge, they want it to get their five seconds of fame and for looking up weird porn to make fun of but secretly get turned on by. So the masses have over run the internet making it more difficult than it used to be to find useful information, not that it isn't still there (more even then once upon a time ago) but it has become increasingly hard to find any that isn't in the end porn.

Getting that out of the way I have to say after logging on to facebook this morning I found myself distraught as yet again there was a wonderful lie being spread about a company. You may have already seen the status updates about Gerber or Nestle, and their banana baby food being stuffed to the high heavens with glass.
At first I was concerned, but then the inner skeptic came out, you know the one, that little bastard who says "It might be true, but best to just make sure before spouting it from your own gob". So thinking it might be hard to substantiate using the porn searcher I type into google Recall on glass banana baby food and immediately I am hit with page after page of gasp.. not porn. Nope real websites, all talking about the glass banana food, and how it's bullshit. There was a recall, in France, for this very reason. But the recall was in France only as the one single batch had only been sent out to France.

So I wondered how something so simple could be blown out of proportion like that. And then I came upon the conclusion that the invention of facebook and it's ilk have dumbed us down to the point that we've forgotten that there are other sites on the internet. Yes other sites. I mean how else could you explain that someone saw a status update that is fairly serious and didn't bother to substantiate it before reposting. I don't get it, because it doesn't really take very long to check up on. It's so simple. Have people forgotten that we were told to not trust everything we read or see on television? Handy advise especially when reading facebook news, seeing as how it functions more as a sordid chainmail than news anyways.

The part that really gets me is that these posts happen all the time, ones just like these, that are constantly being proven false. Have we become incapable of learning? or are we just so obsessed with being at the forefront of all the latest gossip that we like fox news are willing to just copy and paste whatever our peers are saying?

Here's a link to a study. However the study is pointless as all it shows is that distractions make studying hard. But read it because reading is good for you.

So what do you think about Facebook and it's kind killing braincells? Or at the very least reflecting our intelligence for the world to see. And mock... and like me complain about Smile

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15-09-2011, 01:27 PM
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Facebook just goes to show how dumbed down people are. With the frequency that my friends use it they put a lot of trust into the site and obviously dont even question sources of information if it is put in a proffesional looking format.

I have a group on FB called "alternative news" which basicly covers the tricky sort of subjects people dont want to know about and the things they definitly wont hear about (in an impartial open way) in the mainstream media. Things like monsanto, Genetically modified crops, state of the economy, political goings on around the world (like chavez asking for his gold back) and potential reasons behind why we go to war (money and oil)

I added all of my friends to the group and loads left within days........I managed to post information on there but I got no response and TBH I think people dont really give a fuck.......they only go on there to chat shit about trivial matters......like whats on television, what they have had for dinner, how there partners have pissed them off.....gossiping basicly.

Over here in the UK we have a Census Report sent out every ten years that asks loads of stupid questions........a way of checking up on the population and also a way of planning for the future.......they have said that they are not going to do any more census reports and I can see why......People will honestly and quite freely add information to facebook in much more detail than they would the census.......they believe that they "own" there little place on FB (even though if you close your account, you may disappear to people on your friends list.....but if after 8,10,15,24 months you decide to log in, it will reactivate your account like you never left)

It potentially has the same sort of "power" as the television did/does....people putting in trust over what they see......and not questioning opinion that is fed to them, nor recognising potential propaganda.

The internet is changing though.....our only free form of speech is slowly starting to disappear......if you look at the patents for Wi-Fi, Ipv6 and also OS cloud you will see that company are going down the route of introducing more mobile/palm based technology. If you look at the preview for windows 8 you will see it looks like nothing you have ever seen, match that with the new xbox 360 update coming out soon which looks exactly the same.........you can see that microsoft are intergrating all of there tech into one system.

Soon though we will have cloud technology........then its bye bye to sites like this one Sad

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27-09-2011, 01:59 PM
 
RE: Facebook causes brain damage?
You're probably right. Facebook definitely has an impact on our psychology and intellect. Before creating an account on facebook, I used to achieve high grades at school and I had a life! Now it's the complete opposite. My grades are dropping, and because of the way others can see my facebook feuds, I feel awkward when I try to socialise with friends in real-life Sad

Damn....I just deactivated my account today after reading this thread. Hopefully it'll make a difference Big Grin
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27-09-2011, 04:37 PM
 
RE: Facebook causes brain damage?
One word..........Farmville.
I had to quit facebook games cold turkey b/c it ate up all my time.
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27-09-2011, 08:22 PM
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Really? Farmville? That's nuts because that game blows lol. It has no purpose other than to kill time. I'm glad you're off the drug though .

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27-09-2011, 08:49 PM
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Not that I support Facebook, because I hate networking sites, but to say someone received lower grades because they studied with FB on is just stupid. I could do the same thing with kids studying with X gaming site on. A poor study in my honest opinion. The 20% drop one exams are due to a distraction, not facebook.

As far as the general internet has gone, yes people cloud it with stupid shit. It still annoys me that my teacher will accept references of websites that have incredibly biased incorrect information and turn down Wikipedia.

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27-09-2011, 10:18 PM
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I agree notso. The link I posted was really the only example of a study even being done on the subject. Obviously anything like Facebook or wow being in anyway responsible for low grades could only be because of the addiction and distraction which I don't believe is the companies fault only that of the user. Then again everyone likes to blame the tobacco companies...
However I actually do think that Facebook does in some accidental way cause stupidity. Not alone mind you but definitely as part of a group. Linked right up there with twitter really and it's short form typing. I'm even guilty of these things. So much info in such a short amount of time I think almost makes our attention spans shorter and definitely makes us take things less seriously if say things said on fb were said in person.
I guess in reality fb is actually more of just a reflection on the way we are headed as a society but sometimes it seems to me like the pill that makes it all possible.

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28-09-2011, 12:58 AM
 
RE: Facebook causes brain damage?
I agree facepalm is a huge waste of time. I used Farmville for example. personaly my addiction was cartown. and a few others.
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28-09-2011, 01:46 AM
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I play Bejewelled Blitz sometimes and Tetris once in a while. That's it. The bulk of the rest of my Facebook times is spent arguing with tea-partiers and holy-rollers in my friends' list or debunking some stupid meme like the Pepsi-pledge myth or the "Facebook will begin charging if you don't repost this" meme.
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28-09-2011, 11:54 AM
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I read a book last year about the effect of Internet on knowledge and behavior and I apologize but I can't remember the title. It made some excellent points:
- When you watch the news or read a newspaper or listen to talk shows there is at least some probability (unless it's Fox News Tongue) that multiple points of view will be mentioned. Now, one can simply go online to the web site that says only things the person agrees with. This means people don't actually know the opposing view unless it's a cartoonish caricature presented by that web site as a mean to ridicule the other side. The phrase "I know it's so because somebody online that agrees with me says so" best describes this.
- Yes Internet puts information at everybody's fingertips, but how many people actually spend time online learning serious stuff? Most people use Internet for email and social media only.
- You know the phrase "don't believe everything you read online"? While many know it, few actually know what criteria to use to discern what to believe. And the criteria is, unfortunately, that if my buddy sent me the link and he agrees with it, it must be true.

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