This Just In: Not All Screen Time Rots Your Brain
While it’s been shown that too much TV time can rot your brain, not all screen time is created equal. A new Mayo Clinic study found that using a computer in combination with an exercise routine may actually boost brainpower [TheAtlantic.com].
Researchers studied 926 people between the ages of 70 and 93 and had them fill out questionnaires about exercise habits and participation in mentally-stimulating activities like reading, playing games, and using a computer. They found that people who exercised and regularly used computers were more likely to have better cognition (memory, language, thinking, and judgment skills) than non-exercising, non-computer using adults.
Of the people who didn’t exercise and didn’t use computers, 20 percent had normal cognition and 37 percent had mild cognitive impairment (MCI). In comparison, of the people who exercised and used computers, 36 percent had normal cognition and only 18 percent had MCI.
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