NYT: Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price

Off topic discourse and banter encouraged.
User avatar
RJN
Baffled Boffin
Posts: 1611
Joined: Sat Jul 24, 2004 1:58 pm
Location: Michigan Tech

NYT: Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price

Post by RJN » Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:56 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/techn ... brain.html
Credit: New York Times
Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information.

User avatar
bystander
Apathetic Retiree
Posts: 20809
Joined: Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:06 pm
Location: Oklahoma

80beats: Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Post by bystander » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:02 pm

“The Shallows” Rehashes the Weak Argument That Google Makes You Stupid
Discover Blogs | 80beats | 07 June 2010
Remember the kerfuffle over “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” The 2008 cover story in The Atlantic by Nicholas Carr contended that the barrage of information available on the Web is changing our brains, making us all shallow and deficient in our attention span. It also raised a ruckus across the blogosphere with Web users who didn’t like to be called “stupid.” Now, as if to challenge our cultural ADD, Carr has expanded that article into a book: The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.
...
For more on this, check out DISCOVER blogger Carl Zimmer’s rebuttal to the initial Carr article, “How Google Is Making Us Smarter,” as well as Vaughan Bell’s Slate article on the history of technology scares. And remember, the power of the Internet allows you to use your brain how you wish.