Does reading this blog post make you stupider? Nicholas Carr Says So In His New Book, The Shallows
As you read this post, you probably have your email open in another window, your smartphone sitting next to you, and, of course, your Twitter and Facebook accounts opened up as well. Sure, this information-laden world of ours has made us all multitasking maniacs, but do these skills actually help us in the long run?
According to scientists and Nicholas Carr in his new book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains, information overload destroys our abilities to focus and stay on task, damaging our long-term memory.
With a surplus of quick, straight-to-the-point messages from status updates, tweets, flashing headlines, blogs, and text messages, we have developed mad skills at making fast, Johnny-on-the-spot style decisions.
But in the process we have become addicted to constant stimulation. Without the daily fix, we become bored and distracted.
We have no time for contemplation, introspection, and reflection any more. The deeper parts of the brain remain untouched by our inability to focus on anything longer than 140 words.
Let’s be reasonable, though. By no means does this imply you should stop reading Handshake’s blog. All we’re saying is turn off your phone and your computer for a little while and pick up a book after you do.
If you need a book suggestion, check out The Shallows. Maybe that will get you off Facebook and Twitter for a minute.