Oh, good, so it’s not just me…

…who’s found reading online is doing a number on my attention span:

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 can tell—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.

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2 Responses

  1. Yes, that and I always feel the pressure to respond to things instantly. There are several articles I’ve wanted to write in response to things but felt I could’t write them fast enough. But the truth is, the subject comes up over an over so something a bit more reflective instead of reflexive, would work. More than that , I have been thinking that more thoughtful, well reasoned pieces would change the whole discussion in some cases.

  2. I agree – we are definitely the “right now” generation. Writing a response article to last month’s burning issue is so…passe, sometimes.

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