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Surfing the net is good for the brain

Surfing the Internet is better for your brain than reading a book according to new research carried out at the University of California. It found that browsing the net requires complex decision-making which triggers more neurons than leafing through the latest best-seller.

The brain deteriorates with age, but can be kept in shape through brain training exercises such as crossword puzzles, learning a new skill and doing puzzles like Sudoki. Now browsing the net has been added to the list.

The UCLA boffins examined 24 volunteers between the ages of 55 and 76, only half of who had regularly used the web. The more the subjects understood the net, the more brain activity they produced. So that's good news for all Internet addicts out there. If you want to keep your brain healthy, you have to keep surfing the net.

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