Analyzing Shallows

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Analyzing the Shallows Nicholas Carr in his 2010 work “What the Internet is Doing to our Brain, The Shallows” asserts that the internet is one of the most influential and powerful tools since books were created. He goes on to back this statement up with multiple facts showing how people use the internet and also the way people think has changed with a correlation to gaining the ability to use the internet as a tool. Carr concludes that our way of thinking changes with technology as they make it easier to do things which require people to not have to do. To begin, this theory is “Calm focused, undistracted, the linear mind is being pushed aside by an new kind of mind that wants and needs to take in and dole out information in short, disjointed, often overlapping bursts- the faster, the better.” (Carr, Page 10) Carr states this in order to show that the use of the internet has changed the way people focus on their work. For example people no longer want to sit down and slowly read a book. Now users would much rather find information on the internet where they can quickly follow links of smaller information to find what they need. This is the first of multiple ways the internet has become an essential and powerful tool. …show more content…
“What does seem to be decreasing as net use grows is the time we spend reading print publications- particularly newspapers and magazines, but also books.” (Carr, Page 87) One reason for this may be in order to show most people would rather use the internet to find news or other information quickly. To find the news by reading today’s paper would not be as fast as pulling up today’s news on a computer. Why would people spend more of their time when they could save some and use it on other things in their