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CNN says people who spend too much time online have popcorn brain.

Updated on June 23, 2011

I read on CNN today that people who spend too much time online have what they call Popcorn Brain. That means that we are so much into the internet and our cell phones and mobile devices that we no longer can function offline.

Interesting. Even when people relax on their couches, they are checking emails or surfing Facebook on their mobile devices.

I am trying to figure out why that is. Is it because the internet is everywhere and is a major part of our lives that we don't think about it anymore.

I know I have to relax and not think about the internet or my business. Being a web designer and the owner of an internet marketing firm, I am always thinking about business.

For the last two years, my way of relaxing is just sitting in front of the television and watching some sitcom until I just fall asleep. I actually de-stress or decompress like that. On weekends, I just sit and watch movies and fall asleep and then I wake up eat junk food and fall asleep some more. I actually do relax like this. Sometimes my daughter keeps me up.

Ok, getting back into more about Popcorn Brain: CNN says we have popcorn brain when we text too much, surf the internet too much, or check our emails and it is not healthy. Yikes!

Go to CNN and search for Popcorn Brain.

One man admitted that he missed giving his daughter a bath because he was checking his email. Another woman admitted that she checks her email when she should be maintaining her garden. What important things have you missed because of popcorn brain?

As for me:

I sometimes lose sleep because I am surfing the web or I miss my own daughter going to sleep and giving her a kiss goodnight, but I got better.

CNN says you can cope with this by doing some of these things:

  • Keep track of how often you are online.
  • Set time limits on your internet use.
    Actually, I have seen software that cuts your internet access off at specified times.

  • Fixate your eyes on a spot on your wall or look outside.
    I guess we can do this. It is not hard, but it does take time to learn to focus your eyes liek that.

  • The have others. As I mentioned, my favorite offline activity is to watch TV. It works for me. What is your strategy for preventing Popcorn Brain?


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      Bruce Chamoff 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks, BeccaHubbardWoods. My eyesight is going as well. I am a computer programmer and stare at the screen all day, but the lighting in my office makes it clearer.

      x karma, thanks for your insight. TV relaxes me since I can take my mind off of business. The fact that TV is mindless is why I like it as a relaxation method. When I relax, I don't want to use my mind otherwise, everything I think about becomes stressful. TV solves that. To each his own. :)

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      x karma 

      7 years ago from United States

      Very interesting hub. Just curious, but isn't watching tv the same as sending a text message or watching something on digg or youtube? It's a mindless form of entertainment. I find reading a book or going for a short walk to be much more relaxing :)

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      Becca Hubbard-Woods 

      7 years ago from Outside your window.

      Very interesting read. I stay online almost all day, every day. I'm a professional writer (not on Hubpages) and it's how I support my family. I find that my eyesight isn't what it used to be, but that could also be because I'm getting older. I get sick of looking at the computer screen. Matter of fact, I'll see you later. ;)


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