The world wide wibble is clearly a place of strange rumours and speculation, but it is amazing what people really believe.
According to research from the Nominet Trust, more than a third of parents believe the internet has the power to ‘re-wire’ brains without a person’s knowledge.
One in three parents believe that their precious little snow flakes are in danger from the web and 80 percent think it is possible to become addicted to social networking forums such as Facebook and Twitter.
All these myths are not backed up by neurological evidence, but people believe them for some reason.
The report, with the catchy title The Impact of Digital Technologies on Human Wellbeing, concluded that there is no neurological evidence to suggest that the internet is more effective at ‘rewiring’ our brains than other environmental influences.
In fact it found that the internet was an important learning resource and all forms of learning cause changes within the brain.
However people seem to be more keen to believe negative reports which imply that the internet is affecting their ability to concentrate.
The Trust said that this was “scaremongering and misinformation”. Apparently this can be a problem when you have a generation of parents who are absolutely terrified that something bad is going to happen to their spoilt little brats.
The Trust found that social notworking sites were not a special source of risk to children, and are generally beneficial as they support existing friendships.
Playing action video games can improve some visual processing and motor response skills, while computer-based activity provides mental stimulation, and can help slow rates of cognitive decline.
Annika Small, director of the Trust, said in a press release that the Nominet Trust believes in the internet as a force for social good.