Daniel Levitin: how information overload is making us stupid
Author: Kim Bielenberg
Excerpt: He outlines his concern about the effects on the brain in his book The Organised Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.
Levitin says each time we dispatch an email, we feel a sense of accomplishment, and our brain gets a dollop of reward hormones telling us we accomplished something.
When we look at a Twitter feed or Facebook update, we encounter something novel and feel more connected socially (in a kind of weird, impersonal cyber way) and get another dollop of reward hormones.