The Shallows, What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
In The Shallows Nicholas Carr brings to light a very important topic for our time. How the modern medium of the internet and gadgets like the tablets and smart phones are impacting us. They of course are very important, useful, and potent tools but they are not without unintended consequences. Mainly they impact how we focus on and assimilate information. The medium even effects how we think. Some of the unintended consequences are an increasing short attention span, less in depth study, and less critical thinking. It’s almost as if having such vast amounts of information bombarding us through technology that we create a self induced attention deficit disorder.
In the first 7 chapters the author reviews some very important modern knowledge in the neurosciences to help you understand how this might be happening. Then in the rest of the book he discusses the impact such technology is having on us. I could clearly relate to the issue. I personally am a voracious reader that loves books, but I sometimes have a short attention span when on the internet as I bounce around to all the different distractions at my finger tips.
The author brings to light a very important topic affecting us all. Even so the author is not anti-internet in any sense. However I think examining our use is a thoughtful and needed exercise. This book is definitely worth your money and time. So click on the Amazon or Barnes and Noble link at the bottom of this page and Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!