Below are some of the books which I have been using for resources while currently writing my book concerning how the digital age and Internet may be adversely affecting people’s minds and brains to the extent that over time it will become increasingly difficult for people to develop and expanded consciousness:
The Shallows by Nicholas Carr is one of the preeminent explanations for how the Internet and our use of digital devices are creating a distracted, shallower awareness in us in which people are less able to significantly inhabit an extended piece of writing or use their working memories to their full capacity. Also dealt with significantly is the manner in which large search engines such as Google, in order to sell advertising and make money, are using their algorithms to direct our attention in ways which determine our reality.
The Distracted Mind by Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen is written by a neuroscientist (Gazzaley) and a psychologist (Rosen) who suggest that our brains aren’t built for multitasking, and so explore better ways for people to live in a high tech world without giving up their technology. The two authors also explore how the distractions and interruptions brought on by digital technologies often collide with our own goal setting abilities.
Mind Change by Susan Greenfield, a renowned neuroscientist, explores the idea that social media sites, powerful search engines, and video games are capable of rewiring out brains, as well as taking a critical look at whether or not the brains of people born before or after the advent differ significantly. She also explores how surfing the net place a premium on in information rather than deep knowledge, as well as looking at how social networking limits the maturation of empathy and identity.