Fast Company expert blogger David Lavenda is out with a list of eight must-reads about digital distraction and information overload. The top four:
• Newsweek, Feb 27, 2011 – “I Can’t Think!” – The Twitterization of our culture has revolutionized our lives, but with an unintended consequence—our overloaded brains freeze when we have to make decisions.
• Time Magazine, Feb. 11, 2011 – “Wired for Distraction?” – Like it or not, social media are reprogramming our children’s brains. What’s a good parent to do?
• USA Today – Feb 2, 2011 – “Social Media Users Grapple with Information Overload”
• The New York Times – a 7-part series called “Your Brain on Computers” looks at how a deluge of data can affect the way people think and behave.
The other four are books—Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers [the best book I’ve read since Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody], The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, The Tyranny of Email by John Freeman, and The Information: A History, A Flood, A Theory by James Gleick. Lavenda also includes some factoids about overload, including this: 65 percent of North Americans spend more time with their computer than with their spouse.