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Does Twitter Zap Your Memory?

Microblogging service Twitter could have a harmful effect on your memory, says one scientist.

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Artwork: Chip Taylor
According to Dr Tracy Alloway from Stirling University, who will be speaking on the subject at the British Science Festival this week, Twitter "produces a stream of information every second with no opportunity to process or manipulate that information."

Alloway also slammed YouTube, saying that children that watch clips on the video-sharing service are likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder because it reduces the attention span and stops the brain engaging.

However, Alloway did praise social networking site Facebook, saying it could improve Web user's memories by making us feel like part of a community.

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