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Nicholas Carr: The internet makes deep thinking more difficult

4th June 2010

Business and technology writer Nicholas Carr has claimed that the internet is making deep thinking more difficult.

Carr, who is the writer of The Big Switch, which looks at the way computing is changing the way we live our lives, believes that with 24-hour news and instant access to millions of articles, internet users are becoming more adept at thinking on their feet and making snap decisions.

However, he suggests that this may be to the detriment of thorough, logical thought processes.

Speaking to Reuters, Carr said: 'We never engage the deeper, interpretive functions of our brains.'

'What we are losing is a whole other set of mental skills, the ones that require not the shifting of our focus but the maintaining of our focus,' he added.

Carr concluded that contemplation, introspection and reflection are being jeopardised by the steady march of the technological revolution.

Harvard-educated Carr was thrust into the public spotlight when he wrote an article entitled Is Google Making Us Stupid?: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.

Many of the topics covered by the article will be expanded on in the author's forthcoming book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.

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