On Forbes.com: Your Brain on Social Networks: Are We Changing How We Perceive Major Events?

On Forbes.com: Your Brain on Social Networks: Are We Changing How We Perceive Major Events?

Yesterday afternoon in New York, and other cities across the Eastern seaboard, fierce thunderstorms hit. No major damage, not even widespread power outages, and yet the social media storm that accompanied the real ones leaned toward frenzied. I got caught up in it, too–live-tweeting the relatively mild conditions we experienced in south Brooklyn, and wondering about the emergency push alert I’d received for the first time on my mobile phone. Pictures of hail and scary looking clouds flew by, while many took the end-times feeling of the cloudburst to preach about the dangers of climate change. And then it was all over an hour later.

This summer’s early heat wave has felt like an anomaly, and certainly I’ve never seen pictures of storms around NYC like those that were shared over the course of the storm. And I’m wondering if that’s exactly the point: I can’t compare those pictures to pictures I remember as a kid, because I didn’t have Twitter when I was ten.

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