There is no evidence that regular internet uses rewires human brains.
This is the conclusion drawn by Neuroscientist Kathryn Mills, a PhD student at University College London, who poured over 135 previous studies on the subject.
"There is currently no evidence to suggest that internet use has or has not had a profound effect on brain development," Mills writes. "If we want to know how this highly connected world is impacting our brains, we will need to conduct studies that investigate brain measures and their relationship to behaviour, cognition, and well-being in a representative sample of the population."
However, she acknowledges that "finding lack of evidence is different to finding evidence of no effect," suggesting it still may be possible that rewiring is occurring and we simply haven't proven it yet.
She is to have her paper published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences.