The New York Times reports that computer use makes us dumber. Except that it's not actually the use of computers (and other electronic devices) that makes us dumb. It's excessive computer useage. The article profiles a couple who spend ridiculous amounts of time using various electronic devices, who report that their relationships and regular life activities are negatively affected by their excessive use of computers, smart phones, etc. A brain researcher warns that all the googling and gaming and emailing and texting is changing the way our brains work and making it harder for people who are "addicted" to technology to focus on things like real people, books, real life events and conversations, etc. Shocking, right? Yeahno.
It's not rocket science, and it's not a new idea. I suspect this dates back to before Aristotle's time, but since this is my area of competence, I'll just stick with Aristotle: "It is better to rise from life as from a banquet - neither thirsty nor drunken" and "excellence is found in the mean relative to us." As your mom probably told you, too much of anything can be bad for your health. Except maybe gardening. And playing with your kids.