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The Internet Effect

What is the internet doing to our brains.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains, speak as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Annual ITSM Pink Conference in Las Vegas.

He shared several concepts about how our brains are changing because of the internet.   In part, he discusses studies that show a shift in us becoming more impatient the quicker information becomes easily available. 

What I took away from the speech was that we are in a transition period.  We may not realize it but, as a species, we are evolving to be heavily dependent on computers and the Internet to think.

Think about the last time you calculated a tip without using some sort of calculator or the last time you took a physical dictionary out - let alone a thesaurus - to look something up?

Many of us grew up in an era where our telephones had cords, where we learned to say hello on beepers by typing in 01134, or where our younger sibling were our TV remote control (sorry Jeff).

Children born in the last decade would never know any of these experiences and in fact, may consider these experiences barbaric.

I was just left to wonder, as new generations grow up in a digital age what will it mean for us when we become the aging workforce?

Would love your thoughts.  Tell me what you think.

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Bernardo Tirado, PMP
    @thePMObox

Bernardo covers leadership and technology for PsychologyToday.com.   In addition to being an industrial psychologist, he’s certified as a Six Sigma Blackbelt, Project Management Professional, Body Language Expert, and is a Train-the-Trainer in Analytical Interviewing.  

 
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