I feel very much like what Nicholas Carr wrote in an Atlantic article (2008) about how the “Google age” has impacted the way he thinks.
My mind isn’t going – so far as I can tell – but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the exit. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.
I took hours to read one research paper and the article ain’t long in the first place!