Does the Internet Make You Dumber?

The Roman philosopher Seneca may have put it best 2,000 years ago: "To be everywhere is to be nowhere." Today, the Internet grants us easy access to unprecedented amounts of information. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the Net, with its constant distractions and interruptions, is also turning us into scattered and superficial thinkers.

The picture emerging from the research is deeply troubling, at least to anyone who values ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Fabrice Florin - Jun 5, 2010 - 10:00 AM PDT
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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Jun. 5, 2010

Essentially promotion for Carr's new book. I have concerns about the casual intermingling of scientific studies with Carr's on opinions and literary references (a trend I attribute to Malcolm Gladwell). Nevertheless, Carr's thesis is a fascinating one that should be taken seriously.

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by Fabrice Florin - Jun. 5, 2010

Interesting opinion about the psychological side effects of the Internet, from author Nick Carr (whose latest book is "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains"). He makes a thoughtful argument that the Internet's constant distractions reduce our ability to concentrate and remember what we learn. He backs his point with extensive evidence from recent studies at Cornell, Stanford and UCSF.

Food for thought (assuming we all read the entire article ;o) Check the opposing view from Clay Shirky (see link)

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