London: Modern humans are so overloaded with information - running into at least 34 gigabytes per day - that they are in danger of losing their ability to feel and think deeply, say the authors of a new research study.Through email, the Internet, television and other media, people are deluged with around 100,000 words a day - equivalent to 23 words per second, researchers claim.Scientists from the University of San Diego, California, who conducted the research, believe that the information overload may be having a detrimental effect on our brains, the Sunday Times reported.
Total information consumption from televisions, computers and other media was estimated at 3.6 zettabytes (3.6 mn million gigabytes) in 2008.But Colin Blakemore, professor of neuroscience at the universities of Oxford and Warwick, told the Sunday Times: "One of the things we have learnt over the past 20 years is that the brain does have a capacity to grow and increase in size depending on how it is used.""Perhaps the personal experience of having to deal with all of this information will cause new nerve cells to be born and create new nerve connections in the brain."IANS
New genes for lung disease discovered
Nanomaterial used in cancer tests, medicine delivery