Psychologist questions Twitter

It's bad for your memory, academic says

Micro-blogging service Twitter may have a harmful effect on users' memories, says one scientist.

According to psychologist Dr Tracy Alloway from Stirling University in the UK, Twitter "produces a stream of information every second with no opportunity to process or manipulate that information".

Alloway also slammed YouTube, saying that children who watch clips on the video-sharing service are likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder because it reduces users' attention span and stops the brain engaging.

However, Alloway did praise social networking site Facebook, saying it could improve web user's memories by making them feel like part of a community.

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