Some interesting thoughts in an article titled “Social Media’s Effect on Learning” over on a WSJ Blog.
“Bilingual people aren’t cognitively smarter, but they are more cognitively flexible,”
“Practice at constant switching improves an aspect of their cognitive abilities.”
“This is much like what people do when they’re updating their Twitter status, instant-messaging friends, or answering text messages and emails while they’re doing something else. Dr. Kuhl said this multitasking, where people are stimulating new patterns of sequential processing, could then reap the same benefits as bilingualism.”
“If not .. then networking online is at least acting as a brain innovator.., promoting new paths of discovery and interactivity in the brain.”