Technology is developing rapidly. It is an essential part of how we live our daily lives–in a mental and physical sense, and in professional and personal environments. Cybercognition explores the ideas of technology addiction, brain training, and much more. This text provides readers with a guide to understanding concepts related to the online world. It answers important questions: • What is the impact of digital technology on our learning, memory, attention, problem-solving, and decision making? • If we continue to use digital technology on a large scale, can it change the way we think? • Can human cognition keep up with technology? Suitable for students on Cyberpsychology and Cognitive Psychology courses at all levels, as well as anyone with an inquiring mind.
Chapter 11: Technology Addictions and Cognition
Technology Addictions and Cognition
- To explore the concept of technology addiction and present an overview of the literature in the area;
- to introduce some key addictions to technology and examine how they can impact on human cognition;
- to highlight some of the key issues inherent in using broad labels for technology addictions.
Digital Addictions and the Impact on Human Cognition
One key area of research that is featured heavily in the cyberpsychology literature is the potential for individuals to become addicted to digital technology. The important question we need to start to ask ourselves is if we do become addicted, how does this addiction start to affect our capacity to focus on normal daily activities? There has been some discussion of aspects of technology ...