Young people whose lifestyles revolve around the Internet have a number of mental advantages over people who are less digitally connected, a new study finds.
The Pew Research Center and Elon University polled more than a thousand technology experts, academics and critics about whether Internet interaction will lead to positive or negative results in young people's thinking skills.
Fifty-five percent say being "wired" is a good thing.
Slightly more than 40-percent say it will lead to problems.
The benefits the experts forecast include being good communicators, being able to recognize the difference between relevant and irrelevant information and being good at multitasking.
Disadvantages experts see include lacking patience, not having the ability to think deeply and lacking face-to-face social skills.
The study is available at pewinternet.org.
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