The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr (2010)

Genre: Nonfiction
Interest level: Adult
The ShallowsNicholas Carr wrote the article that caught everyone’s attention a couple of years ago: “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” No mental slouch, he followed up with a book that explained his hypothesis in great detail. The subtitle summarizes the book nicely: “What the Internet is doing to our brains.” Carr posits that our brains are being rewired in response to our work on constantly connected devices: speedy searching, skimming text, flash video and more. It’s making it harder to engage in deep reading (hence “The Shallows”), to take the time to thoughtfully immerse ourselves and engage with information. He uses history, brain science and philosophy to support his position, and he does a good job of it. While I think he overstates his case slightly, and underemphasizes how everything we do affects our brain’s wiring, the book is interesting, thought-provoking, and does keep you off the computer for a few hours .
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