Friday, August 1, 2008

Can You Feel It? (What the Internet is Doing to our Brains)

Filed under: "Note to Self"
Interesting thoughts from the Atlantic Monthly, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"
"I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going—so far as I cantell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.

"I think I know what’s going on. For more than a decade now, I’ve been spending a lot of time online, searching and surfing and sometimes adding to the great databases of the Internet...."

Read the rest here. Then get off the internet and work on your intelligence!


1 comment:

Texana said...

At first I doubted his theory, but now I see what he means--I couldn't concentrate long enough to finish his article!

But the good news is that yesterday the announced a new Alzheimer's drug, and today they announced one that burns fat while it builds endurance and stamina--the exercise pill. Check out the link--if you can concentrate long enough!