When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning…
– pg 116
The Net…also turns us into lab rats constantly pressing levers to get tiny pellets of social or intellectual nourishment.
– pg 117
The Net seizes our attention only to scatter it… [it] presents us with an incredibly seductive blur.
– pg 118
The more we use the web, the more we train our brains to be distracted — to process information very quickly and very efficiently but without sustained attention.
– pg 194
Of all the sacrifices we make when we devote ourselves to the Internet as our universal medium, the greatest is likely to be the wealth of connections within our own minds.
– pg 195
We shouldn’t allow the glories of technology to blind our inner watch dog to the possibility that we’ve numbed an essential part of ourself.
– pg 212
As I said earlier this week, I don’t believe the Internet is bad. This book has pushed me to intentionally think about the time I spend online, what I want to get from it and how it often pulls me from the work and living I want to do.
My blogging will remain firmly in place: here I am able to process things I’m learning, talk about books I love, promote literacy in the classroom, and connect with readers and writers alike. The rest of my online time — aimlessly searching, social media — will take a backseat. I’m also considering signing off Goodreads next year. A piece of me is craving privacy, and my reading life feels like a wonderful place to start.
What are your impressions of the quotes above? How do you feel about the choices you make about your time online?