I've been noticing something in the last few years. I can't read books anymore. I mean, really read them....sink into them and lose myself in them. I'll sit down with good intentions, but I find myself distracted. My mind wanders, I'm constantly taking a break to check my email or look something up online. I used to be a huge book person. I'm really worried I'm losing my ability to follow a long narrative in a book. I was relieved to read Nicholas Carr's new book, because at least, it seems, I'm not alone. In The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, Carr argues that the way we absorb new information online is not only changing our habits, it's actually changing our neural pathways.
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