From the Associated Press: Some scientists are concerned that time spent online is rewiring teenage brains. Current concerns go beyond violent video games, which often become the center of public attention. Some researchers believe the virtual world could be affecting the way humans learn and interact with each other. Dr. Gary Small, a psychiatrist at UCLA, believes daily exposure to digital technologies can alter the way the brain functions. According to Small, the longer one spends with technology, the more they will drift away from fundamental social skills. He suggests that brain circuits involved in face-to-face communication can become weaker, which can lead to isolation, the inability to interpret nonverbal messages, and less interest in classroom learning. Small believes the effect is strongest in those who have grown up with digital technology since toddlerhood, called digital natives. He thinks its important for digital immigrants, those who did not grow up with digital technology, to increase their technology skills, while digital natives improve their social skills. Read more here. What do you think? Will we soon be unable to recognize sarcasm or innuendo? Will we only be able to poke fun if we use an emoticon of immunity? Do you notice changing social skills among digital natives?