The Shallows


This year, the seniors in English 12 were assigned a book written by Nicholas Carr called The Shallows. The book itself is a non-fiction science book about the way the internet is influencing our brains. While most disagree, it is an extremely interesting read. Carr takes the reader through the history of human psychology and the history of the internet, including his own history with computers, and acknowledges multiple sources of research done over the years on the influence of the internet on our brains. The book itself is not based on the bad influence of the internet, but rather the positive and negative impacts of the internet and Carr stays neutral through the entire book. In fact, Carr himself is an avid user of the internet, running his own blog about himself and all the books he has written. The question that Carr intends to answer with The Shallows is: As we enjoy the internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?