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Baroness Susan Greenfield on the dangers of social networking

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With a recent study showing that up to 97% of Australians aged 16-17 use at least one social networking site, should we be worried?

Increasingly children are raised in front of television and computer screens. What are the effects that this can have on brain development? Do websites like Twitter and Facebook contribute to a culture of short term attentiveness? Baroness Susan Greenfield is a neuroscientist at Oxford University and argues that we should be increasingly wary of how the changing technological environment is affecting the minds of the young.

Baroness Susan Greenfield is the Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. She is a writer, broadcaster and Professor of Pharmacology at Lincoln College at Oxford University. In 2003, she was given the French Legion d'honneur, and The Guardian has named her as one of the fifty most powerful women in Britain.

 

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