Bruce Friedman, who blogs regularly about the use of computers in medicine, also has described how the Internet has altered his mental habits. â€œI now have almost totally lost the ability to read and absorb a longish article on the web or in print,â€ he wrote earlier this year. A pathologist who has long been on the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School, Friedman elaborated on his comment in a telephone conversation with me. His thinking, he said, has taken on a â€œstaccatoâ€ quality, reflecting the way he quickly scans short passages of text from many sources online. â€œI canâ€™t read War and Peace anymore,â€ he admitted. â€œIâ€™ve lost the ability to do that. Even a blog post of more than three or four paragraphs is too much to absorb. I skim it.â€
Seems like a great article but unfortunately I couldn’t take it all in ;).