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Do social websites harm children's brains?

Some experts think so. According a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1153583/Social-websites-harm-childrens-brains-Chilling-warning-parents-neuroscientist.html”to the emDaily Mail/em:/abr /br /blockquoteSocial networking websites are causing alarming changes in the brains of young users, an eminent scientist has warned.br /br /Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Bebo are said to shorten attention spans, encourage instant gratification and make young people more self-centred. br /br /The claims from neuroscientist Susan Greenfield will make disturbing reading for the millions whose social lives depend on logging on to their favourite websites each day…br /br /’My fear is that these technologies are infantilising the brain into the state of small children who are attracted by buzzing noises and bright lights, who have a small attention span and who live for the moment…’br /br /Sue Palmer, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0752880918?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0752880918″emToxic Childhood: How the Modern World is Damaging Our Children and What We Can Do About It,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0752880918″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / said: ‘We are seeing children’s brain development damaged because they don’t engage in the activity they have engaged in for millennia. br /br /’I’m not against technology and computers. But before they start social networking, they need to learn to make real relationships with people.’ /blockquotebr /br /What do you think, is MySpace and Facebook harming kid’s brains?