Ok so. The internet has now been a Thing for long enough that we can have a gander at what it’s doing to us in the brain. The first half of the book is yada yada brain plasticity yada yada short history of technology from maps to the newspaper and how those shaped our thinking. The rest is all intertubes.
And the intertubes are shiny, y’all. Full of information and whirligigs (and pr0n). Part of its danger comes because it is both easy and awesome. The ease of use means that we USE, and the awesome appeals to our endorphi-brains. Search a google, get a result, feel accomplished. Post a post, get a comment, feel acknowledged. The gratification is instant.
I’m not going to go into all of Carr’s reasoning because why would I do that? That is why there is a book. But there’s a short bit in ereaders which adds just one more Don’t I to the Do I/Don’t I conundrum. Ereaders! So convenient! So gadgety! But our brains respond to them similarly to the way our brains respond to web pages, with a greater level of distractedness .
Ah yes, this book. It does what it says on the tin. This is What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains, but there is no (and perhaps it was unfair of me to expect this) What We Can Do About What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains Outside Of Being Aware Of It, Which I Guess Is Half The Battle.
Because ultimately, Carr suggests that we need to weigh the pros and cons of our neat new tool, and he presents fairly compelling arguments against the usual claims, backing those arguments up with SCIENCE. You cannot argue with SCIENCE (unless you are RELIGION).
So. Definitely some information to have in your brain-pocket, especially if you are (as I am) going to continue to indulge in some webbage. I could never quit you, interlings.
Random factlette: in 2009 the average American teen was sending or receiving 2, 272 texts a month. Wait, what? Please let that be a typo. That is absurd. (Also, please get off my lawn.)