Alzheimer’s Disease and the Virtual World



How many of us wonder how can a little school age child solve the problem of fixing an electronic – be a TV or a Computer – when it does not work the way it is supposed to be working, when we adults cannot?

Well, I do. I have seen my younger brother tap the error with a few minutes and some wits of his, when I can waste more than a few hours and a whole chunk of my brain to deal with the problem of an electronic not working.

This makes me think, often, that due to continuous use of these electronics, esp. the TV, computer and the cell phones, are the brains and minds of young generation tending to become electronic and remote?

Are these virtual world objects in progression to develop and give us back virtual minds? And if it is so, will it be for the good or the bad?

People belonging to the younger ages are more inclined towards using the visual observations rather than verbal learning. A child of today’s generation would be more interested in watching visuals of his lectures and would prefer to learn on the computer, rather than reading and writing out the academic tasks, unlike people of the older generations.

My younger brother’s hobbies include playing video games and online games, creating cartoons in computer applications, and using cell phone apps, while mine are reading, writing, poetry and logical reasoning. This clearly shows the huge difference between the two ages.

The human brain structure, physiology and functioning is such that out of the 2 hemispheres, left and right, the left one represents logic and verbal capabilities, while the right one indicates abilities to deal with visual and emotional characteristics of an object, person or thought.

People till one generation previous to the current one used the left hemispheres of their brains more, and today’s generation uses the right hemisphere more.

Hence, I prefer reading to video games, while my brother does the reverse. I like the original language of words and syllables, while he prefers the visual language of images, motion. He likes to play games on the computer, while I like to play with words. 90 % of the written and read work today is done on computers, which is after all a mosaic of visual bits. I don’t know is it fortunate or not, but you and me are also a part of it, this post being the connecting link.

According to researches, the brain takes reading and writing jobs done on a computer as a completely different kind of activity which contributes to its disorganization. The brain recognizes reading and writing as functions pertaining to more involvement of the left hemisphere, while functions of the right hemisphere are considered to be ones like the general computer working. When both of these combine, the brain gets confused, and this is an unhealthy sign for it. it could bring signs of serious brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and the Parkinson’s.

In a research study conducted recently on Alzheimer’s disease, a few students were taken and each one of them was asked to write down a few sentences of their choice.

The experts analyzed the writings of each of the students and classified those under two categories. The first category was of students who wrote simple sentences and used easy ideas to express, while the second group was of those students who wrote complex sentences, using jargons which showed their abilities of understanding the complex writings also.

The experts, later, revealed the truth that the students of the first category had more chances of being exposed to Alzheimer’s disease during their agedness, compared to the students of second category. This shows that lesser involvement of the left brain, which rates the logical and verbal capabilities, leads to increased risks of the Alzheimer’s disease or other neurological disorders.

Hence, ability to think and reason logically, reading skills and an affinity towards language, rather than computer hard and soft skills, can prevent a person from brain damage.



source: Alzheimer’s Disease and the Virtual World