15 Ways The Internet Is Changing Our Brain

Nearly the entire wealth of human knowledge can live at our fingertips or even in our pockets. Such an amazing feat, of course, doesn't happen without impacting our lives, and scientists have begun to note that the Internet has not only served to fulfill our brains' curiosities, but also rewired them. So what exactly is the Internet doing to our brains?

  1. The Internet is our external hard drive
  2. Children are learning differently
  3. We hardly ever give tasks our full attention
  4. We don't bother to remember
  5. We're getting better at finding information
  6. Difficult questions make us think about computers
  7. IQ is increasing over time
  8. Our concentration is suffering
  9. We're getting better at determining relevance
  10. We're becoming physically addicted to technology
  11. The more you use the internet the more it lights up your brain
  12. Our brains constantly seek out new information
  13. We've become power browsers
  14. Online thinking persists even offline
  15. Creative thinking may suffer

Still curious? Read Nicolas Carr's excellent book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.