In the first chapter of The Shallows, Carr mentions that before he was introduced to the Internet, or “network of networks”, he had to do his work on the computer task by task in a specific amount of time. AOL and other online services had no capacity to do two things at once. It wasn’t until the birth of the Internet and Microsoft’s operating system that multitasking became common. People like Carr easily became hooked to this new system and with that came distractions.
Before the Internet, people were focused on a specific task and put their time into researching, analyzing, and developing their subject of interest. They were focused. Nowadays, we are bombarded with distractions constantly and we feed off of it. Even if we’re not distracted we tend to go on social media or do other things just because we are bored of our primary task. I’m not trying to say that technology completely hinders us from doing what we need to do, but it does impact the development of our brains. We don’t give our brains enough time to process the information we come across. And our brains are constantly being stimulated.
Like Carr mentioned, with any new medium it changes the way our brain is working. I think with every advancement there could be a small drawback. With the invention of maps, we lost our spacial recognition systems. Just like that, with the internet, we are slowly losing our ability to focus.