But The researchers found something different when they were looking at the internet-savvy group.

Dr Moody:  For the internet-savvy group, their reading areas were virtually identical to the reading areas that were activated for the internet-naive participants, but the very interesting part was the savvy group did recruit additional areas and these were frontal areas that had to do with decision-making, cingulate areas that have to do with conflict resolution. It’s not surprising, it’s what we expected, that these additional areas for decision-making would be required and higher-level cognitive function would be required, and that’s what we found in the internet-savvy group.

So, as you become more comfortable with the Internet, you actually use more of the brain. This is counter-intuitive. Generally as we learn to do something, the level of cognitive effort decreases rather than increases. Think about how hard you had to concentrate when you learned to drive, something that seems second nature to you now. So, in this study, it appeared there was something more happening upstairs as we learned our way around Google:

Fascinating, our ways of processing information appear to becoming denser & more integrated. But this may come at the cost of greater strain on our mental resources.

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