Thanks to the advancements in technology, we can now access information with much ease. Don’t know the meaning of a word? Just type in the word and you have your answers in less than five seconds. Need references for your research? Just type in the keywords of your desired topic and you now have thousands of sources. But at what cost do we pay for such advancements? It seems that we lose as we get immersed in the Web, we lose a part of ourselves. But what is it?
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…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.
More about this topic over at The Atlantic.
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