Carr makes the case that while reading books promotes deep focus and thinking, endlessly scrolling multimedia on the internet and social media pages does the exact opposite, scattering our attention and training our brains to jump from one distraction to another.
I like this.
Do you feel your attention span is affected by being online? How do you manage time wasting and productivity?
As for this, my productivity is affected by being online, but not drastically, and not to the point where I'm worried about it. If I know I have work to do, I do it. The internet doesn't prevent me from doing my work. In fact, I actually need the internet to keep productive. I can't sit and work for long hours. I need a break and every now and again, the internet provides me with some much needed entertainment. Once I've had my fill, I get back to work.
The problem is unwarranted distractions from the internet, but controlled use is fine. It's for this reason that I turn off Twitter notifications on my phone. I check Twitter when I want to, not every time I get a notification. I feel people are interrupted mostly by these social media notifications, especially if you're the kind of person who uses multiple social networks (I only use Twitter). If you turn them off, and only use social media when you want to, your productivity could improve greatly.