Nicholas Carr set out to explore how the ubiquity of text on the Internet is affecting our brains, after realizing that his increased Internet use may be affecting his ability to concentrate on reading long, detailed texts. His essay is published in the July/August issue of The Atlantic
“Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain,” he says. “The deep reading that use to come naturally has become a struggle.”
As the Internet becomes a universal conduit for most of the information that flows through our eyes and ears, it seems to be chipping away at our capacity for concentration and contemplation.
While we still await the long-term neurological and psychological experiments that will provide a definitive picture of how Internet use affects cognition, a recently published study of online research habits, conducted by scholars from University College London, suggests that we may well be in the midst of a sea change in the way we read and think.
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