The Internet and a Child’s Brain are a lot alike

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The internet is one of the most advanced technological systems in the world, rapidly growing, constantly changing, and forming billions of new connections all over the world. A strong framework to compare it to would be the human brain, the most advanced biological system in the world. Both of these networks function very similarly.

 
The core components of the brain are neurons and synapses.  A newborn child is born with 100 billion neurons, but the synapses or connections aren’t there yet.  It’s over the course of the first 5 years of a child’s life that these connections are formed. They do so very rapidly (700 – 1000 synapses per second).

Every time you talk or interact with a child, you are literally growing their brain, connecting the different parts, allowing for new ideas, insights, creative thinking, and you are strengthening these connections. That is why these connections are so important; they form the brain’s foundation.

Now, think of an internet platform in this same critical stage of early development, neurons as web pages, and synapses as hyperlinks. In order to form a proper foundation, an internet platform needs to make as many connections as possible. 

Just like every interaction makes a new connection in a child’s brain, every tweet, reddit, bookmark, search, or post, will create and strengthen connections across our global network.