Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield, in her book Mind Change, suggests that digital technology is changing our brains and as humans we are facing an unprecedented crisis concerning our individual identity, that is, who we are, what we do and how we behave. Greenfield expresses concern that social networking will displace the ‘true self’ with an exaggerated, ideal self. She also warns that digital technology demonstrably increases narcissism.
In 2015, Andi Horvath of the AGE National suggested that even before digital technology, history had raised the questions about television and even machines possibly leading to the decline of civilization. Referring to Sociologist William Ogburn in 1934, who spoke about the machine age natives who had lost connection with nature and tradition, and who were divorce prone. Andi replied that "humans have always had a symbiotic relationship with technology" and "is there a better way to work with technology?" What do you think? Do digital technologies leave their mark on our brain and what kind of mark might it be? In Mind Change, Susan Greenfield offer us her answer.