With less than a month before the start of fall semester there is still time to slow down and relax with a good book, maybe put down your Internet device. Our mobile phones and tablets are wonderful time-saving devices, but critics say that the interconnected, 24/7 life they enable leaves little time for reflection and slow digestion of the news. With that in mind, here are just a few of the titles from Rentschler Library’s collection that you can substitute for your device!
Richard Watson, in “Future Minds: How the Digital Age is Changing Our Minds” says that “we have developed a culture of instant digital gratification in which there is always something to do – although we never seem to be entirely satisfied with what we end up choosing.” Watson says we should even try and work less, take 1-2 days off per week, and take device-free vacations.
Nicholas Carr’s book”The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an an expansion on his 2008 article “Is Google Making us Stupid,” published in Atlantic Monthly magazine. Carr decries how using the Internet made it more difficult for him to read and absorb longer, more challenging texts.
Does the Internet Increase Anxiety? is a collection of essays in Greenwood Press’s “At Issues” series of books. There are chapters on multitasking, online gaming addiction, how social media can increase social anxiety disorders, and even something called “mobile device separation anxiety.” It isn’t all doom-and-gloom, there is a chapter on how using technology mindfully can reduce anxiety from digital overload.