Commentary by management consultant Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
Monday, May 10, 2021
An Early Warning about the "Distraction Machine"
". . . Over the past 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. 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 feel it most strongly when I'm reading. I used to find it easy to immerse myself in a book or a lengthy article. My mind would get caught up in the twists of the narrative or the turns of an argument, and I'd spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That's rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration starts to drift after a page or two. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel like I'm always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle."
- From The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think, Read, and Remember by Nicholas Carr [first published in 2010]
I believe we need to pay serious attention to this.