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Is our constant exposure to electronic stimuli good for us? Can we transform the data we receive into the knowledge we need? Are we swapping deep understanding for shallow distractions?

In this book, Nicholas Carr argues that our constant exposure to multiple and faster data streams is changing the way our brains are wired. This change, which is due to the inherent plastici
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Paperback, 276 pages
Published 2010 by Atlantic Books
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Adam @Tom, the title makes the book sound more melodramatic than it really is. The book is wonderful and made me think really deeply about how our use of…more@Tom, the title makes the book sound more melodramatic than it really is. The book is wonderful and made me think really deeply about how our use of any technology shapes us (how we think, what we think, etc) and how technology can even shape the experience of reading a book (reading a ebook vs a traditional book). The author pulls heavily from Marshall McLuhan-like thought about technology, which helps ground the book in the work of a really great 20th century thinker.

I think the book made me more conscious about how my environment shapes me and think deeper about how I spend my time. I didn't feel guilty or terrified however. But I probably have cut back on reading online a bit and increased my reading offline.(less)
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Amanda
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, blog
For the last few years, I've noticed that I seem to have developed a form of ADD. This was always the most apparent during the first few weeks of summer vacation when I would start and stop projects with lightning speed, when I couldn't sit still to read a book or watch a movie all the way through, when I couldn't clean my house all in one day, when I couldn't keep my mind on just one train of thought. As someone who had always lived for structure, who craved the routine and the predictable, who ...more
Paul Bryant
Jul 10, 2013 marked it as probably-never  ·  review of another edition
I got this email. What the hell, I thought, I could do with a bigger penis. So I replied to the email. Sent them money. What a mistake! The process worked – only too well! Now I couldn’t leave the house any more, no clothes were bulky enough. I did not wish to suffer the indignity of being pursued down the street by insulting children, so I had to resign from my job. I was in a real pickle. Fortunately I saw an ad on the internet saying that I could make £2500 per month tax free from the privac ...more
Manny
Everyone's talking about this book, and I felt I had to check it out. I agree: it's definitely worth reading. In particular, it drove home, more effectively than anything else I've seen, just how addictive the Internet is. As he says, you don't want to admit to yourself how much you crave internet stimulation, and how frequently you check mail, SMSes, Goodreads updates and similar inputs. I immediately turned off all of these to see what would happen; I'm afraid to say that I was very much more ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Shallows, What the Internet is doing to our brains, 2012, Nicholas Carr
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, published in the United Kingdom as The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember, is a 2010 book by the American journalist Nicholas G. Carr. The book expands on the themes first raised in "Is Google Making Us Stupid?", Carr's 2008 essay in The Atlantic, and explores the effects of the Internet on the brain. The book claims research s
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Amir Tesla
For Practical Summary Refer To: How The Internet Is Tearing Your Focus Apart And 3 Ways to Rebuild It.
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Do you get bored after reading just a couple of paragraphs from a text?

Do you step into your room just to forget why you’re there?

And do you constantly have this craving to jump off from a mentally-demanding task to open up your Facebook or Instagram?

If your answer to one the above is yes, you are probably suffering from a shattered focus.

Neuroplasticity and H
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Will Byrnes
In this fascinating, informative book, Carr argues that the internet has not only affected how society communicates and works, but that how our actual brains work is being, has been changed by contemporary modes of communication. He delves into the history of research into brain function to make a case that similar biological changes occurred with prior technological breakthroughs, such as the typewriter. He cites a wealth of studies that dispel the notion of the brain as set in stone once adult ...more
Esteban del Mal
I call bullshit.

*****

"How Esteban Got His Groove Back"

Channel surfing the other day, I came across Highlander. I’d never watched the movie all the way through, even as a fanboy teenager those twenty four years ago (!) when it was released, and, noticing that Christopher Lambert bears a striking resemblance to the guy in HBO’s Hung -- a serialized comedy-drama about a male prostitute with an enormous dick for which my wife has an altogether unsettling appetite, having on more than one occasion bl
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Ken
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's an inference exercise: Take the first half of Nicholas Carr's title THE SHALLOWS: WHAT THE INTERNET IS DOING TO OUR BRAINS and guess what his thesis is based on the second half. Got it? Good. Cause you "got it good" when it comes to your addiction to the Internet.

Probably you wake up and wonder what's in your e-mail's inbox. Probably you check it before breakfast. Probably, even though you're not supposed to, you peek at it from work. Probably you're part of some social network site like
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Riku Sayuj

The Economist Reports on The Future of The Book:

Even the most gloomy predictors of the book’s demise have softened their forecasts. Nicholas Carr, whose book “The Shallows” predicted in 2011 that the internet would leave its ever-more-eager users dumb and distracted, admits people have hung onto their books unexpectedly, because they crave immersive experiences.

Books may face more competition for audiences’ time, rather as the radio had to rethink what it could do best when films and television
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Jason
Jul 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brace yourself, Goodreader, this one’s coming at you.

The premise championed here is that use of the internet (Goodreads for example) causes something to happen to your brain. His words are delicate, but Carr ultimately sees a bit more negative than positive to our online interactions. He protects the flank of his premise by recognizing that humans will always use technology, and derive real benefits from using each new iteration of technology--we should always use emerging technology when it’s
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Lewis Manalo
Mar 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you couldn't tell from the title, Carr really has issues with the internet, and he has some data to support his criticism. He also misses the brain he had before it became Google-cized.

Ironically, I found his book kind of unreadable - not because my brain has been Google-cized, but because Carr's has. Reading The Shallows is like reading over the shoulder of somebody who's on Wikipedia and who can't stop clicking links to more and more articles tangential to the one you started with.

The Shal
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notgettingenough
Mr Pinker, vacuous decrier of this book. I wonder if you might listen in on the salutary tale of what happened to my brain some years ago and the general relevance of this tale to the Internet society in which we now live....the story, the moral, the solution are here:

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KeyÇîya Çalî
If you are able to read my review, you must read this book, because you are reading it on a screen online. If this review was published in a magazine, it could be much better. But now on GoodReads ( I love GoodReads), when you read my review, let say if you read my review, not just liking it, you see lots of other things too. so you can’t concentrate completely on what you are reading. You may read the first two lines then two lines in the middle and at last two lines at the end of the paragraph ...more
Diane
I enjoyed this look at how the internet is affecting our minds. Carr's research covers everything from the history of reading and printing to IQ scores and research in neuroscience.

This is a good summation of what Carr learned:


Dozens of studies by psychologists, neurobiologists, educators, and Web designers point to the same conclusion: when we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning. It's possible to think deep
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Marc Kozak
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-stuff
Hello, my name is Marc Kozak, and I'm a scientist.

Thank you for agreeing to complete this brief questionnaire regarding your internet habits. I can assure you that all data received in this study will be kept completely private. Your results will be combined with the others, and I will use that data to write a very profound article that will win me multiple prizes and perhaps even get a woman to talk to me. Your assistance is invaluable. Thank you for your time, and please enjoy the $5 iTunes g
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Mark Desrosiers
Beware: when you hit the last page of this fascinating, bleak, helpless narrative -- one that addresses your own brain as a stunted, wasting bundle of unmotivated neurons -- you'll either want to retreat to a shared scholarly past, pointing at physical pages with a yad, or you'll just embrace the terrifying idiocracy-pastebin Second Dark Age that's sweeping over us. Hell, the author himself interrupts his argument on occasion to underscore his own troubles with concentration, even devoting a cha ...more
Trevor
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-theory
In many ways I think this doesn’t have much more to say than Technopoly and that Technopoly has the advantage of saying what needs to be said better, quicker and more entertainingly. I was trying to work out what it was about this that annoyed me and the problem is that this is a very self-conscious book, one that feels it needs to justify itself far too much. And after a while that became very tedious.

He makes a nice division between instrumentalists and determinists – basically, instrumentalis
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Richard
Mar 28, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: NY Times article "Texts Without Context"
(Even more late breaking updates, below. Still haven't read it yet, though.)

This book is mentioned in the thoughtful-if-long New York Times Magazine article Texts Without Context , which explores how technology is altering the way we absorb ideas, especially the written word, and how that change in subjectivity is setting us up for subtle but radical shifts in everything from political discourse to the rights of authors.

With respect to this book itself, I'm skeptical.

That we will change as the
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Amirography
Oct 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The funny thing about this book is that I actually enjoyed reading it, as I guess anyone with an elementary knowledge of logic and philosophical argumentation would. It is a well-written example of "How to use fallacies and envoke fear and intuition to argue for your claim."
I mean I actually get how this book got so popular, even though most of its content is overly repeated and contains no new arguments.

-The author mentions the opposing arguments and then gives an unrelated answer. He uses ane
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Rob
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rob by: Amy
Shelves: own, 2010
Is this a book about the Internet? Or about neuroplasticity? Is this a gadget-lover's dirge for "his old brain"? Or a sensationalist portrait of a technological and cultural paradigm shift that lists strongly toward the catastrophic?

The Shallows is all of these things, and quite a few more--some of which marry well with Carr's thesis, while the kinky red hair of the others show them to be the abandoned-at-the-door-step-children they are. What Carr tells us with the charged and inflammatory rheto
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Science (Fiction) Comedy Horror and Fantasy Geek/Nerd a.k.a Mario
No matter what aspect of the Internet you use to illustrate, the flow and the associated addictive factor are immense.

Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.

The sense of outsourcing your knowledge base to the cloud or directly to Google and Wikipedia is a matter of scale. As long as you have your own, sovereign domains, it's a great addition. As soon as a person lazily stops to refill his cerebral reservoir and lets everything b
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Thomas
3.5 stars

A scary and informative book that delves into how the internet affects our brains, our attention spans, and the way we think. Carr argues that technology takes away from our ability to process information deeply and soundly; he states that distractions like the internet promote scattered, shallow thinking. To prove his point he cites research that shows how the brain responds to the internet: indeed, we obtain dopamine from the quick clicks and the many links online, similar to how drug
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Carol
Jun 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: librarians, teachers, Internet surfers - everybody!
I don't give 5 stars lightly, but this book was absolutely fascinating - to me, at least. Though, as I read passages, I kept thinking of yet another person who ought to read it. Carr (and the book) have been getting a lot of "air play" lately - blogs, NPR, etc., and chapters and snippets of the book have appeared several places (the snippet-ization being another result of the internet that he discusses). Lots of readable, distilled scientific info about current thinking on how the brain works (a ...more
John Martindale
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to John by: Audible
This book was extremely interesting, lots of history, studies and observations and some personal honesty mixed in. I thought it fascinating. He has brought to my mind some interesting and disturbing reflections.

One primary drive of humans is to make life easier. We can't help but want to produce more with less effort, so this has resulted in inventions such as the tractor which plow in one day what it once took a month to accomplish by hand. We likewise seem to have a drive to create devices to
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Cristina
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should take some time to read this book. It is more than what the title sugests. And it opens your eyes. A lot! 😁
Steve
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-written description of some of the notable physical and mental consequences to us as individuals resulting from the internet era. Mr. Carr's writing resonates well with my working hypothesis on the subtle addictiveness of electronic entertainments, with this website being just one small example; that Amazon owns this site is just icing on the cake.

I haven't given much thought to Johannes Gutenberg's contribution to society; there's a strong case to be made that his printing press
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Allie
When I was young, I could be immersed in a book for hours without losing focus. Now, I flit distractedly from page to e-mail to wikipedia like a hummingbird on crack. According to Nicholas Carr, this isn't early onset dementia, but a reflection of my constant internet use. Hmmm.

Americans spend at least 8.5 hours per day looking at screens. Research has found that any repeated behavior changes the neural pathways in our brains, literally reshaping the structure and the strength of these connectio
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Vimal Thiagarajan
Fahrenheit 451 in it's twenty first century incarnation.

Over and above the hackneyed din of the "it's not inherently bad, it's 'how' it is used that matters" that has always surrounded technologies and utilities from TV to computers to internet to cellphones to facebook, and drowning out the sneers of the technology enthusiast and the scoffs of the technology skeptic, the message from this book sounds loud and clear - THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE.

And the logical and aesthetic elegance with which th
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Lauren Albert
Infuriating--he buries the small truths of his argument in exaggerations, the blurring of differences and projections of his own experiences onto everyone else.

Projections:

A perfect example is when he writes of his experience in the college library “Despite being surrounded by tens of thousands of books, I don’t remember feeling the anxiety that’s symptomatic of what we today call ‘information overload.’ There was something calming in the reticence of all those books, their willingness to wait
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Krista
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, nonfiction
The Net's interactivity gives us powerful new tools for finding information, expressing ourselves, and conversing with others. It also turns us into lab rats constantly pressing levers to get tiny pellets of social or intellectual nourishment.

The Shallows was recommended to me as “important and fascinating” by a retired schoolteacher, and based on her age and life experience, I can totally see what she got from this book. It is an interesting mix of neurobiology, the history of human technolog
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Nicholas Carr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Shallows, the best-selling The Big Switch, and Does IT Matter? His acclaimed new book, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, examines the personal and social consequences of our ever growing dependence on computers and software. Former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, he has written for The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall S ...more
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