Social networks such as Twitter may blunt people's sense of morality, claim brain scientists.
New evidence shows the digital torrent of information from networking sites could have long-term damaging effects on the emotional development of young people's brains.
A study suggests rapid-fire news updates and instant social interaction are too fast for the 'moral compass' of the brain to process.
The danger is that heavy Twitters and Facebook users could become 'indifferent to human suffering' because they never get time to reflect and fully experience emotions about other people's feelings.
US scientists from the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California (USC) say the brain can respond in fractions of seconds to signs of physical pain in others.
But they show it takes longer to activate processing of social emotions such as admiration and compassion, which are critical for developing a sense of morality.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Will Twitter make you immoral?
A study publicized today claims that heavy use of sites such as Twitter and Facebook can blunt your sense of morality. Obviously, the study was conducted of progressives who twitter. There is not any danger of losing your morality if you hang out with the Top Conservatives on twitter group(#TCOT.) You can follow the Bluegrass Pundit on twitter here. Here is the story from dailymail.co.uk