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By The Staff

Were you hoping that life might slow down a bit this summer, but disappointed that time still is moving way too fast?  Are you feeling increasingly harried and distracted?  Does the thought of reading this entire article seem like it’s just going to take up too much of your time, so you’d better just skim ahead and get the main point?

If so, you’re not alone, and the cause, according to a new book (available at Mesa Public Library) called “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” might be the time you spend online.

Nicolas Carr, the author, was feeling the way I described in the first paragraph. So he decided to take a closer look at what might be causing him to feel so fractured and pulled in so many directions.  He had especially noticed that it was getting harder and harder for him to concentrate on any one task, idea, book, or article without being interrupted or interrupting himself.  

What he discovered is that brains are exceedingly plastic—they change.  And as we get used to reading an article online while we also respond to incoming e-mails or texts, follow links, catch up on blogs, and post to Twitter, our brains are actually losing the ability to focus, to learn, and to remember.  


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