Web surfing may be making us stupid. Writer Nicholas Carr makes a strong case for this theory in the Atlantic Monthly. Here's his take on why reading the old-fashioned way, not online, is better for our brains.
"The kind of deep reading that a sequence of printed pages promotes is valuable not just for the knowledge we acquire from the author's words but for the intellectual vibrations those words set off within our own minds. In the quiet spaces opened up by the sustained, undistracted reading of a book, or by any other act of contemplation for that matter, we make our own associations, draw our own inferences and analogies, foster our own ideas. Deep reading ... is indistinguishable from deep thinking."