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Advertising on internet websites harms the brain.

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Started: 2/10/2014 Category: Health
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Hello all! I would like to open with the concept of neural plasticity, our brains are creating and destroying synapses almost all the time, scary huh? Secondly, children that have had the wonderful opportunity to "grow up" or mature in the modern day world have had more difficulties in school and other areas that involve attention than that of prior generations. When browsing the internet, we generally type what we want to search, click "go" and viola! But in modern day computing it might not be that easy. Now, in order to continue on reading a webpages material content or even finish that informational video you were watching, you must stop focusing on the content and view a :30 second advertisement to throw your brain off. This is unlike any other form of prior learning (ex. oral, hand-written books) and must be taken with caution. Again, before advertisements went hay wire, our human brain had the opportunity to interpret information for long periods of time without interruption.

*note* Einstein was even said to be so intelligently gifted because he had the ability to focus on specific ideas for immense amounts of time.


Advertising on Internet websites doesn't "harm" the brain in any way. You mentioned how we are forced to watch :30 second advertisements instead of being able to focus on content? Well, most sites, such as Youtube, have the option of "skipping" the ad, so you don't have to watch it unless you find it particularly interesting or engaging.
Also, even if you aren't given the choice of skipping over the advertisements, who says the actually negatively impact your brain? In fact, I might even go so far as to say that they help you pay attention better, not worse. Because if we are trained to be able to focus even with distractions, then we'll naturally become all the better at focusing right?
And it's not like advertising was solely invented by the Internet anyhow. Advertisements have been appearing on signs, magazines, and comic books long before the days of the Internet.
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Posted by Zarroette 2 years ago
I'm not sure how this meant to be a worthwhile debate when there is only one round for arguments...
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