Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Facebook and the Age of Manipulation

Facebook as a nimble, idealistic upstart has steadily eroded, as Mark Zuckerberg has strained to make changes that would protect user privacy nd prevent the spread of disinformation. From the outset, Facebook pitched itself as something new and good—a revolutionary force … Continue reading

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Digital Devices Make us More Distracted, Distant and Drained

Our digital lives may be making us more distracted, distant and drained, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. For instance, even minor phone use during a meal with friends was enough to make … Continue reading

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Reimagining the Internet as a mosaic of regional cultures

Most online maps of the Internet are architectural plans, engineering blueprints, anatomical drawings or statistical graphics. For example, the Internet has been represented as millions of devices connected to each other by 300 “[c]ables lying on the seafloor” with its … Continue reading

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The effect of sleep quality on academic performance is mediated by Internet use time

The aims of the present study were to analyze the association of sleep patterns with academic and cognitive performance in adolescents and to test the potential mediating effect of different activities of screen media usage on this association. The association … Continue reading

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Associations between screen time and lower psychological well-being among children and adolescents

Previous research on associations between screen time and psychological well-being among children and adolescents has been conflicting, leading some researchers to question the limits on screen time suggested by physician organizations. We examined a large (n = 40,337) national random sample of … Continue reading

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This Is Your Brain on the Internet

We know where to find information — we just can’t remember it anymore. The Earth has never witnessed a more seamless tool for knowledge-sharing than the internet. Word-of-mouth is a great way to send knowledge from one brain to another, … Continue reading

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The Best Private Search Engines — Alternatives to Google

Private search engines have seen huge growth over the past few years. Until recently, it was unthinkable that anyone could compete with Google in the search realm. However, there are now many smaller players in the search game that are … Continue reading

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Activism in the Social Media Age

As the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag turns 5 years old, a look at its evolution on Twitter and how Americans view social media’s impact on political and civic engagement. This month marks the fifth anniversary of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, which was first … Continue reading

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Digital media use linked to behavioral problems in kids

Are children who spend lots of time using digital devices prone to psychiatric problems? A team of USC scientists says yes in a new study that appears today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Teens who are heavy … Continue reading

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Smartphones and Cognition: A Review of Research

While smartphones and related mobile technologies are recognized as flexible and powerful tools that, when used prudently, can augment human cognition, there is also a growing perception that habitual involvement with these devices may have a negative and lasting impact … Continue reading

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