Have you ever found yourself constantly checking your e-mails for new offers or your Facebook for new friend request or to see what your friends are doing? Have you ever wondered why you can not stop glancing at your I-phone and engaging with its apps?
If you said yes to any of the above and even if you didn’t it does not matter.Our society is facing attention deficit, we just can’t seem to pay attention whether it’s texting while walking on a pier or checking your Facebook while your professor gives a lecture. Hey but don’t be too hard on yourself even Harvard students check their Facebook while their professors lecture.
To get a better understanding of how and why the internet influences our attention to the point it demands our attention, I suggest the two books below.
- "The erosion of attention and the coming dark age"
- "What the internet is doing to our brains, the shallows"
In comparison both Carr and Jackson’s use of the historical examples of our culture’s attention deficit gives us a quick look into understanding how it is possible that social media now steals our attention. Every day students check their Facebook while a lecture is being given by the professor. In most cases it is no longer frowned upon because social media is here to stay and professors have to except that this information age will affect them in some area of their life. Whether it is unpleasant in that a student is chatting with a friend on Facebook or looking at videos on Youtube . Or whether the professor uses social media sites like Twitter to engage with the students.
Both of these books give the reader a better perspective of how and why we are distracted. However it seems that Carr gives the reader a more in depth look at how the internet affects us by giving not only historical examples of attention distraction but on a more personal note; how I our minds work and why we become addicted to the Net in an almost compulsive fashion.
My question to you, have you noticed your attention being distracted by engaging with the Net and other new technologies and although you have tried to stop checking your favorite social networking sites 30 times a day you just fail to do so? There is a reason for this rush and consequences of information overload as well.