“I Missed My Old Brain”

Nicholas Carr, author of the recently published The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, writes:

Over the last 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….I’m not thinking the way I used to think….Now my concentration starts to drift after a page or two. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do.


Sometime in 2007, a serpent of doubt slithered into my infoparadise….But my brain, I realized, wasn’t just drifting. It was hungry. It was demanding to be fed the way the Net fed it–and the more it was fed, the hungrier it became. Even when I was away from my computer, I yearned to check e-mail, click links, do some Googling. I wanted to be connected.

I missed my old brain.