“Social networking sites might tap into the basic brain systems for delivering pleasurable experience. However, these experiences are devoid of cohesive narrative and long-term significance. As a consequence, the mid-21st-century mind might almost be infantilised, characterised by short attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathise and a shaky sense of identity.”
Susan Greenfield, DPhil Oxford, Chancellor Heriot-Watt University (2006-present), Baroness Greenfield is a British scientist, writer, and broadcaster.
Member, House of Lords (appointed by Tony Blair), 2001-present
Speech to the UK House of Lords, Feb. 12, 2009