It doesn’t take much to get the social networking sites going but they’re abuzz today over the comments of Lady Greenfield, a neuroscientist in the UK who is theorizing that relationships online — via Twitter and Facebook, for example — are doing things to our brains that we probably don’t want done.
On Tuesday she said social networking sites remind her of the way that “small babies need constant reassurance that they exist, according to the NY Times.
Asked to explain further, she suggested it may even have something to do with ADHD and autism.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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