Digital Brainwashing?

The human brain is the only electromagnetic organ in the human body. It is where the conscious resides. It was designed to think and be the home of consciousness, and also to have free will.

Free will is making choices and as in the law of physics that states: “For every action there is a reaction”, likewise, the law applies to free will and choice.

For every choice there is a consequence!

All our computer and telecommunication devices are electromagnetic. They are used as useful tools in many trades and professions, but most are used as a social connection to others in a world gone wild. Indoctrination to all manner of influences of both good and evil sort are widespread and way to often interchanged without regard to logic or conscious.  

Are the electromagnetic devices we love so dearly and are in constant companionship with also interfering with our electromagnetic brains?

Three-year study suggests social media use could be changing kids’ brains

A sophisticated new study has tracked the relationship between early teen social media use and changes in their brains over a three-year period. The novel research found more frequent checking of social media was linked with a greater sensitivity to social rewards, but experts stress the detected brain changes can neither be confirmed as causal or declared harmful from these preliminary findings.

Screens have quickly become so pervasive in modern life it has become quite a challenge for researchers trying to understand what impact they have on our health and development. For a teenager, screen time can mean many different things, from using a laptop for schoolwork to scrolling through Instagram on a smartphone.

So despite some studies rolling all screen time into a single homogenous activity, researchers are starting to separate out different digital behaviors. One interesting study from 2019, for example, found television and social media activity correlated with increased symptoms of depression in teenagers, while video game and computer use had little negative effect.

This new research, from neuroscientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, set out to specifically home in on the neurodevelopmental effects of social media use in teenagers. The unique study recruited 169 school students and followed them for three years.

At the beginning of the study each 12-year-old participant was asked how many times they checked their social media feeds each day. Those who checked their socials 15 or more times a day were classified as habitual users. Non-habitual users checked social media less than once a day, while moderate users were in the middle. Over the next three years the participants underwent annual MRI scans during which they played a game designed to trigger brain activity in regions associated with social feedback responses.

The striking findings revealed those children with habitual social media checking behaviors showed greater activity in parts of the brain associated with social anticipation and social rewards. And, over the three-year study period, sensitivity in those brain regions increased.

“The findings suggest that children who grow up checking social media more often are becoming hypersensitive to feedback from their peers,” explained corresponding author Eva Telzer.

Because of the study’s narrow focus, Telzer is cautious to stress these findings do not necessarily mean social media is causing harmful changes to an adolescent brain. Not only are the findings unable to ascertain casualty but they may also be simply detecting natural developmental changes in certain children that are neither good nor bad.

“We don’t know if this is good or bad – if the brain is adapting in a way that allows teens to navigate and respond to the world they live in, it could be a very good thing,” Telzer said to HealthDay. “If it is becoming compulsive and addictive and taking away from their ability to engage in their social world, it could potentially be maladaptive.”

Speaking to the New York Times, Jeff Hancock from the Stanford Social Media lab called the new study “very sophisticated,” but did suggest it was unclear if social media was causing these specific brain changes. Referencing the chicken and egg problem, Hancock said the study may be detecting the development of certain personality characteristics that make some children more likely to be attracted to frequent social media use in the first place. So instead of social media causing these brain changes the social media use may simply be a reflection of certain characteristics.

“[The researchers could be] picking up on the development of extroversion, and extroverts are more likely to check their social media,” Hancock said. “There are people who have a neurological state that means they are more likely to be attracted to checking frequently. We’re not all the same, and we should stop thinking that social media is the same for everyone.”

The new study was published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Source: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Social Media is Changing Our Brains

Dallas Morning News

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Ian MacRae, Harris Eyre, Andy Keller and Sandi Chapman

Users need to know how it affects, informs and consumes them.

Social media is no longer a niche product. It’s now a core part of the communications infrastructure from the global to local levels. It shapes our communication, our relationships, our work and even our brains. We connect with friends, family, colleagues and strangers on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. We chat with people on WhatsApp, Telegram or similar platforms. If we work remotely, we talk with our colleagues on Zoom, Teams or Slack. For many people in the United States and around the world, communication happens more often on social media than in person. It’s not just users sending information, either. The largest free social media platforms use algorithms that are specifically designed to influence users and their behavior. These platforms deliberately use techniques from psychology and neuroscience to capture our attention, play with our emotions and keep us coming back as often as possible. The most effective social media platforms don’t show the world as it is, but a curated version of the world in a way that the algorithms think the user’s brain wants to see it. The platforms tailor the social media experience specifically to the user’s interests and behavior. Everything that you see on social media is determined by your online activity. This can have a profound impact, because what a user reads and writes on a screen is not just something that’s happening on a device. The information you read, comment on and share shapes how your brain processes and gathers information. Your online social environment is constantly giving your brain cues about how to make sense of the world and understand people in it. If social media is your main method of communication, it shapes the chemistry and connections in your brain.

The influence of algorithms

Social media platforms adapt to the information a user gives them. Unlike a text message or a phone call that transmits information largely as it is input, social media platforms have algorithms that govern the content, style and tone of the platform. Platforms are customized based on what the algorithm thinks a unique user will like, and what it thinks that user might buy. All of these platforms change information in ways that range from the subtle to the profound. Zoom might give your face a little airbrushing on your digital calls. Slack shows your co-workers when you are online. Recent reporting about Facebook shows that fear and anger are deliberately built into Facebook’s information ecosystem. Intense emotions are a shortcut to activating pathways in the brain. When people are angry, they react. When they are insecure, they look for information or products that can help reduce negative emotions. Anger, conflict and anxiety are the quickest pathways to holding your brain’s attention.

The dark side of the algorithm

The algorithms are designed to pick up on the interests, preferences and information about you and your social circle. The impact is minor for most people; the platform recommends friending people you might know, and it tailors the tone and content of posts and advertisements to suit your preferences. This can be useful when it helps local communities connect, and it makes it easier for friends, family or co-workers to chat and collaborate irrespective of physical distance. The problem is that the social media platforms are not discerning about the types of interests they use to connect people. A social media algorithm might pick up on interests like “Islamic State” and “global caliphate” and connect people based on shared interests. This isn’t a joke: In 2018 an investigation found that Facebook’s “suggested friends” feature was a useful recruiting tool employed by terrorist networks. This is fine for a book club or local event, but it can lead to some fairly serious problems when people with interests in armed revolution or coordinated violence are automatically shown content that solidifies their beliefs and connects them with like-minded people nearby.

Adults are responsible for their own behavior

Social media platforms are powerful digital communication tools that are useful for many people. They have benefits as well as drawbacks. People who use social media should understand how their data is used, and how the algorithms use that data to serve up content or advertisements based on what they watch, say and do online. If you log on to these platforms with a clear understanding of how they work, you can shape your own experience. Choose the people you want to connect with, the topics you want to discuss and the material you choose to share (or not). It’s your profile, your data and your decisions. Whether you choose to share and engage with private, political or provocative content is up to you. But these social media platforms will try to capture more of your attention with more extreme content. People who look for jogging tips get directed toward marathons and triathlons, then Ironman-style competitions. People who are interested in vegetarian cooking will soon be served content promoting veganism. It is not new or shocking that people with certain interests learn about similar topics; the problem with social media is the intensity and escalation to extreme content. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature of the algorithms. The recent leaks about Instagram show that people who search for topics like “healthy recipes” may then be shown content for more extreme forms of dieting and pro-anorexia content, according to reporting by the BBC. Psychologists have been warning about this for years. The algorithm isn’t picky — it will test and sample different types of content, flavors of extremism or ranges of conspiracy theories until something tickles your brain and gets you to linger a bit longer, read a bit more and click the next link. Then the platform will attempt to draw you down that rabbit hole as quickly as possible, for as long as that topic holds your attention. The risks for children A serious distinction should be made between how social media is used by adults and by children. Especially since leaked documents suggest that platforms like Instagram target children. In 2021, according to The New York Times , Instagram spent the majority of its nearly $400 million in advertising budget targeting teens. Wall Street Journal reporting shows that Facebook companies knew about the psychological damage that its algorithms cause when targeting children, and hid research that showed Instagram was increasing anxiety and depression in children. The effect was particularly pronounced in some teenage girls. Instagram may market everything from extreme workouts, pro-anorexia influencers and content focused on restrictive eating to children who search relatively harmless terms like “healthy recipes” and “exercise routines.” In Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s 2017 book The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, the authors point out a host of mental health concerns in children that are linked with social media, with the effects being especially pronounced for teenage girls. It’s not new to target children and teens with advertising, but what is new and dangerous is the level of advertising directed at children with little oversight or filters. Children are naturally curious and look for information, and teens are ravenous for information about the social surroundings and information that helps them make sense of it. The problem is when social media platforms send them in the direction of extreme content extraordinarily quickly. Looking for advice on healthful eating and exercise? It only takes a few dozen clicks and hours of screen time before users are likely to see content about intermittent fasting, 800-calorie diets and extreme workout schedules. Teenage boys looking for tips about dating and relationships? They can quickly get steered into extreme content from “pickup artists” or similar posts that give distorted, misogynistic and ineffective advice about relationships.

Are the risks overblown?

There may appear to be parallels here with other moral panics through the decades. In the 1990s and 2000s, people feared that violent video games caused antisocial behavior in children. The fear that violent video games would lead to real-world violence turned out to be false. Decades of research found no statistically significant effect. There are two major differences between video games and social media, though: 1. Video games are a fantasy, and research indicates that both children and adults are very capable of separating their behavior in a fantasy world from the real world. 2. Social media is very much focused on modifying real-world behavior. In fact, social media companies endeavor to modify behavior in terms of time spent on their platforms, as well as purchasing and social behavior in both digital and physical spaces. Social media is an enhanced and accelerated part of social life.

Tough times lead to disinformation

People are fundamentally social animals, and so communication and relationships are important parts of who we are and how we understand ourselves and relate to the world. If an algorithm can influence someone’s social circle, and how that person interacts with others, it can have a powerful effect on the user’s behavior. This is particularly pronounced for teenagers who are even more influenced by group membership, social contagion and peer pressure than adults are. But the effects exist for everyone. Another problem we’ve seen with social media sites is how quickly they can lead people down rabbit holes of disinformation and conspiracy. It should not be surprising that during the past few years of extreme uncertainty about the economy, about health and about politics, that people are looking for answers. The greater the level of stress, anxiety and threat that people feel, the more likely they are to accept extreme explanations for problems. Our brains have evolved to detect patterns, make sense of our world, make sense of social relationships and try to understand what is going on around us. Nearly two years into a global pandemic that increased isolation and unemployment, it is concerning but not surprising that people under extreme stress and hardship develop distorted views of the world and their immediate surroundings. We know from decades of psychological research that uncertainty can be more stress-inducing than believing in some shadowy global conspiracy. Fantasies of dark, satanic cults and new world orders as an explanation for the world’s current problems are actually less anxiety-inducing than the idea that politicians were completely unprepared for a global pandemic, public health officials and medical researchers struggled to react to a new disease that they didn’t fully understand, and there are not always clear, easy or practical solutions to problems at the scale of a global pandemic. Social media adds a huge amount of extra risk to this already dangerous situation: Plenty of toxic and destructive groups are active on social media. Acceptance in the group is easy: Agree with the group, and you’re in. Social media companies tend to take only small steps to prevent the spread of misinformation, and often only after conspiracies have already spread far and wide. Fundamentally, our brains have a need to know what is going on around us, and to come up with an explanation. When we are fearful, our immediate social groups are important protective factors — our friends, our family, our religious communities, our colleagues and our social clubs help us get through tough times. People who don’t have any of these groups are likely to struggle more when life gets tough. When our brain is faced with the decision to accept something that may not be true (such as a conspiracy theory) or be cast out of a group, most people choose their group. Social media isn’t a passing trend, nor is it reasonable to expect most people to opt out. We need to understand the influences that are at play and take responsibility for our own behavior and time spent online. We can choose to ignore instead of amplify some of the worst impulses that come from anger and anxiety online.Most important, we must make sure our kids have the opportunity to develop their own social relationships outside of social media platforms.

The authors wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News:

  • Ian MacRae is the author of the forthcoming book Dark Social.
  • Harris Eyre is co-founder of the Prodeo Institute and co-lead of the OECD Neuroscience-inspired Policy Initiative.
  • Andy Keller is chief executive of Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.
  • Sandi Chapman is founder and chief director of Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas.

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The Electromagnetic Human Brain

John 6:43-51

KJV(i) 43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw (G1670) him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

*G1670 – ἑλκύω or ἕλκω ; to drag (literally or figuratively)
Derivation: probably akin to G138; KJV Usage: draw.

>G138 – αἱρέομαι – to take for oneself, i.e. to prefer
Derivation: probably akin to G142; KJV Usage: choose.

>>G142 – αἴρω – to lift up; by implication, to take up or away; figuratively, to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind), specially, to sail away (i.e. weigh anchor); by Hebraism (compare H5375) to expiate sin. Derivation: a primary root; KJV Usage: away with, bear (up), carry, lift up, loose, make to doubt, put away, remove, take (away, up).

>>>H5375 – נסה נשׂא – nâśâ’ nâsâh – naw-saw’,naw-saw’ – A primitive root; to lift, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, absolutely and relatively. KJV Usage: accept, advance, arise, (able to, [armour], suffer to) bear (-er, up), bring (forth), burn, carry (away), cast, contain, desire, ease, exact, exalt (self), extol, fetch, forgive, furnish, further, give, go on, help, high, hold up, honourable (+ man), lade, lay, lift (self) up, lofty, marry, magnify, X needs, obtain, pardon, raise (up), receive, regard, respect, set (up), spare, stir up, + swear, take (away, up), X utterly, wear, yield.

Can one see a sense of magnetism?  

Ever extract nails and other metal out of ash with a magnet?

We come to Jesus when magnetized by the Father.

Unless there’s electromagnetic interference all the time!

&

Satan knows how to jam electromagnetic frequencies!

Come out of Babylon for her judgement is near.

LOLGB+

7 Comments

  1. Tammi Kay says:

    Great post! I completely agree that these screens are being used to brainwash people and I think it’s just as much of what people don’t see (the EM waves) as it is with the images and words of propaganda. I have told my husband many times “These devices are the devil. We will have to give the, up to survive before all of this is over.” I worry if it’s something we should have done already. We don’t know what we don’t know. Would we know if our minds were being messed with?

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    1. eze33 says:

      In the last days knowledge will be increased and technology from it as well. (Dan. 12:4) {Short list in Chapter I of Missing Links in main menu.} Knowledge and its technology can be used for good or evil. But so many worship it! Can’t leave home without it! Don’t even take my cell phone to the greenhouse. I love the peace. Plus, it may affect the plants. Ha! They do love country music on the radio though. Another ha! LOLGB+

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      1. Tammi Kay says:

        Interesting that I have a greenhouse as well and I too have been led to leave the phone in the house. Also, when I woke up spiritually I realized the music I had been listening to (and instructing fitness classes in!) was specifically designed to drain my energy for the beast. I changed the music to worship music of all types while I work out and WOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE! If only I had discovered this when I taught classes for 10 years. The only music my soul will allow to be played besides worship music (although they are not all the ‘good ones’) is some country music. This is rather shocking to me as it’s the polar opposite of the type of music pumping when I taught class. Shocking but welcomed.

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      2. eze33 says:

        My old one was small – 12 X 24 foot. Used it to start my small 2 acre produce spring/summer garden plants. Also used Remay material to start cold/cool weather seed early. Retired from farming but still like doing plants. Field grown collard and cabbage started under Remay plant sales was my first income in spring along with run-up turnips and collard sprouts planted the previous year. Can’t do that anymore. About to put material on a new 22 X 54 foot this week. Will be time to sow collard and cabbage seed soon. (In trays with vacuum seeder now – modern technology.) Still like doing plants and I think many people will want to start their own gardens this year. I also used to play country music in the chicken house. Seemed the hens laid better to Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash songs. Ha! LOLGB+

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  2. Julia says:

    Our Lord has taught us satan is the prince of this world and has nothing to do with Him (John 14:30) and people don’t realize satan is the prince of the power of the air in this world. Is it any wonder electromagnetic waves are one of his devices, and as christians we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).
    Very good article once again!
    Many Blessings.
    Julia

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    1. eze33 says:

      As an old school radioman in the Navy, I understand radio frequencies. There are two frequencies that one can tune in to – WEVIL and WGOOD (east of Mississippi, begins with K west). We know who their master DJ’s are! LOLGB+

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      1. Julia says:

        Your knowledge is so appreciated. i learn so much from your posts. Blessings.
        Julia

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