According to neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield at Oxford University, social networking websites such as Facebook and Myspace systematically reduce ones mental capacity.

As if hating Facebook for stealing your information wasn’t enough, new studies are claiming that social networking websites can “shorten kids’ attention spans, encourage self-centeredness, and promote instant gratification.”

“The sites can ‘rewire’ younger users, reducing their brains to the levels of ‘small babies,'” Greenfield said.

“My fear is that these technologies are infantilizing the brain into the state of small children who are attracted by buzzing noises and bright lights, who have a small attention span and live for the moment.”

Facebook which is one of the top ranked websites of the modern century has dominated teens’ on-screen time — studies indicate that many adolescents spend a majority of their 30 online hours each week browsing social networking sites.

Source: NBC

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