>Research from Dr Iyad Rahwan suggests prolonged use of social networks erodes our common sense
>The University of Edinburgh and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology researcher asked people a series of trick questions
>The study concluded that our addiction to social networks leaves us little time to work things out on our own
They have become a quick and easy way of learning about everything from world affairs to the affairs of friends.
But Twitter and Facebook may be eroding our ability to think.
Researchers believe speed, volume and ease with which information is shared through social networking sites may be making it more difficult for us to think analytically.
Is Twitter making us less intelligent? New research suggests we prefer to seek answers from the masses rather than work things out for ourselves.
The warning comes from Dr Iyad Rahwan, an honorary fellow at the University of Edinburgh, who said that while the popular sites may appear to be making us smarter, any improvement in intelligence is merely superficial.
The computing expert studied how being part of a network of people affects how we learn.
Dr Rahwan began by asking a group of 20 people three trick questions over and over again.