Contrary to Nicholas Carr's controversial theory, the internet may improve brain function – at least among older adults. Researchers from the Center on Aging at the University of California, Los Angeles discovered that searching the web creates great bursts of activity in their subject's brains. Internet related activities created an increase in mental stimulation that was actually greater than other activities such as reading a book.

The Guardian reports:

In a study to be published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, the researchers say they examined the neurological activity of adults aged between 55 and 76 as they conducted a number of tasks.

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