Can’t focus anymore? Neither can we.
“Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” Nicholas Carr has written a wonderful article — Is Google Making Us Stupid? — on how consuming content online may be imparing our ability to concentrate. Much of it resonated with me: skimming instead of reading, terrible trouble focusing, the books I love so much now abandoned. Wow. Nice to know I’m not alone. Also ironic, given that for years I’ve been helping folks write for online media — emphasizing always that users don’t read, they skim (thanks, Jakob Nielsen… uh… I think).
Disclaimer: I was not able to read the whole article before I was compelled to stop and write this post. And check my email. Twice. So, for now, I can vouch only that the beginning is wonderful.