Down Time For Brains
October 19, 2010 · Posted in Parenting, Technology, Work/Family Balance · Permalink

Like a great meal, it makes sense that in order to process information or experiences you need time digest. Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime, New York Times, August 24, 2010 explains that rats need time free from stimulation to process their last periods of experience. If those periods are interrupted, the integration of the information is impaired. Now of course, humans aren’t rats, but we all know that it is getting harder and harder to just be without our iphones, blackberries, laptops and games (me included). For ourselves, and for our children, it is important to have enforced unplugged times so that we can develop our intellectual abilities, memory and the digestion of material or experience. I may have to go on a “stimulation diet” to aid my brain digestion. Doesn’t sound too appealing but like all healthful activity we are glad we did it in the end.

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