He sees our distraction as a full-blown epidemic—a cognitive plague that has the potential to wipe out an entire generation of focused and productive thought. He compares it, in fact, to smoking. “People aren’t aware what’s happening to their mental processes,” he says, “in the same way that people years ago couldn’t look into their lungs and see the residual deposits.”
People who frequently check their e-mail have tested as less intelligent than people who are actually high on marijuana.And, And:
The Internet is basically a Skinner box engineered to tap right into our deepest mechanisms of addiction.
Sam Anderson, NY Mag