3 Comments »Posted on Friday 15 May 2009 at 6:45 pm by Jacob Aron
In Getting It Wrong

The mainstream media just cannot get enough of Facebook, Twitter, and all that Web 2.0 jazz. Baroness Susan Greenfield seems to have cottoned on to this fact, and now seems to make regular media appearances to warn us all about the dangers of such things.

Her latest claim is that Facebook makes you fat. We’ve had cancer and poor grades in the past, but now Greenfield says that computer games and social networking sites could be altering our brains to make us eat more.

She blames the lack of consequence in virtual worlds for “‘infantilising” our brains, leading to people eating too much because they don’t think about the ramifications. You can’t make this stuff up – unless you’re Baroness Susan Greenfield of course. Speaking at a science seminar in the House of Lords, she also blamed computers for the rise in ADHD:

“This is just a suggestion, I am not saying it is a causal relationship. But surely if we are exposing our brains to an environment that has a short attention span, if that happens to you in your first few years of life for long periods of time, might it be the case that when they go to school and are asked to sit still for half an hour, might there not be some cases of fidgeting?”

Essentially, she’s saying ‘Look, I haven’t done any research in to this, but I’ve got to be right. It’s science, and I proved it. Only I didn’t.’

The mainstream media listen to Greenfield because she is director of the well respected Royal Institution. I cannot fathom how she remains in this position whilst also spouting her own opinions as scientific fact. Perhaps if my mind hadn’t been horrible addled by computer use, I’d be able to understand.

  1. 3 Comments

  2. There’s only one thing for it. Join this Facebook group.

    By Sam Wong on Friday 15 May, 2009 at 7:16 pm

  3. Nice one.

    By Jacob Aron on Friday 15 May, 2009 at 7:44 pm

  4. This is just a suggestion, I am not saying it is a causal relationship, but I think Susan Greenfield is dragging the reputation of the RI through the mud.

    By Neuroskeptic on Sunday 17 May, 2009 at 7:11 pm

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