What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

You love the Internet. You're not alone, obviously. That guy in the cubicle next to you is on the Internet too. That girl checking her email while walking down the street loves the Internet too. Your mom who messages you on Facebook, yeah, she's on it too. Everybody uses the Internet. But what is the Internet, a drug that everyone takes, doing to our brains?


Epipheo created this lovely little animation describing the thoughts of Nicholas Carr, author of 'The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains'. Basically, it's everything you already know about the Internet. It's killing your attention span, it's making you lazy and it's making us use less of our brains. There's so much information and yet we retain so little of it. Ah, the Internet. I can't quit you. [Epipheo]

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So, I have a really hard time concentrating on several things at once. I tend to tune out and ignore distractions while I'm working on something I know is important or really enjoy naturally, and the world around me has started to treat me like this is a problem. When people find out I don't keep up with Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest etc they act like I am behind the times. But the problems really start to mount up because similar "social network" situations are becoming more prevalent at work.

For example, let's say there is a project at work I am working on that I am really passionate about. I become really focused on this project and, because of it, miss emails, instant messages, and general chat messages, or even people saying my name from a few cubicles away, and people become irritated with me. Normally this just results in people finding responses to their problems on their own, which is great, but occasionally it makes somebody higher up feel I need to stay on top of my communication a bit more. There are just too many lanes of communication and one ends up at the wayside. Do I even try and keep up with it all, or just continue on as usual?