10 Ways Technology Has Rewired our Brains
We use technology to change the world around us, to make it more convenient for us. Yet, we rarely think about the influence of technology on our brains. What has changed in human thought and behaviour because of technological advances? As the world adapts to our needs, we adapt to it. Here are some of the examples.
10. Phonographs Changed Our Idea Of Ideal Song Length
You feel that your favourite song is just too short? Well, blame it on phonograph. In the 19th century the first phonograph was created by Thomas Edison, and soon enough it caused a tremendous change in the world of music. Limited by the technology of the date, early recordings were approximately 4 minutes long, and soon enough human brain adapted to this length. And now, in the 21st century, we have the technology that can easily record and play days, weeks and months worth of music, yet we simply prefer songs to last 4 minutes. After this time, we lose interest, and get easily distracted (which is why classical music is not very popular genre any more).
9. Listening To Radio Messes With Our Critical Thinking
With the appearance of the radio, hearing voices became a regular thing. You turn on a device, and suddenly a bodiless voice (or several of them) starts speaking. Psychologists claim that hearing a voice that is disembodied make people more susceptive – they give more credibility to a source that is missing the body as it presumably lacks all the human flaws as well. Therefore, while listening to the radio, people become less prone to critical thinking.