One might think that the use of these new technologies are easier on the brain than older methods. After all, the computer does all of the work, doesn't it?
Recent research led by UCLA Prof. Gary Small shows that searching on the Internet simulaneously activates more parts of the brain than reading a book. It more fully engages the brain. (see link to title)
But, there is a limit. The multi-tasking brain (talking on the cell phone and watching television, while studying your weekly readings for class) is not as good as focusing on the learning alone.