Digital Overload Is Frying Our Brains

Interesting article at Wired: Paying attention isn’t a simple act of self-discipline, but a cognitive ability with deep neurobiological roots — and this complex faculty, says Maggie Jackson [1. ], is being woefully undermined by how we’re living. Digital Overload Is Frying Our Brains @ Wired.

Distracted isn’t about weighty theories, or dusty trends from the past. It’s all about the new science of attention, which is mapping, decoding and defining this essential human skill for the first time. And it’s about our power bar-grabbing, frenetic multitasking, info-overloaded, cyber-centric, no-time-to-focus lives.

  • We connect with millions of people across the globe, but have trouble grabbing dinner with those we love.
  • We can tap into billions of info-bytes, yet increasingly we create knowledge from what’s first-up on Google.
  • We’ve cut back on sleep and time with hobbies, friends and neighbors — yet still feel that we can’t afford to pause, relax — even take a vacation day.

After reading the wired article I directly ordered the book at Amazon: Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age Maggie Jackson (Prometheus, 2008) Foreword by Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and The Bill McKibben Reader.