Few would disagree that we live in an age of information overload. Faced with a daily barrage of tweets, emails and texts, one question has become increasingly relevant: how is our relationship toward technology affecting our way of life?
More specifically, is technology making us shallower?
Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, appeared on Morning Joe with fellow guest Arianna Huffington to discuss precisely this question.
"We're beginning to find out there are downsides to the internet," Carr said. "We're losing the ability to slow down, to think attentively, to think about one thing for more than 14 seconds."
According to Huffington, Carr's criticism may have deeper implications than our waning inability to sit back and enjoy a book.
"Look at the bad decisions our leaders are making," Huffington added. "I have to believe it's because they are hyper-connected to technology, and not sufficiently connected to their own wisdom."