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Is Facebook Making Us Mean?

Social Media: the good, the bad, and what to do about it.

In his famous Atlantic Monthly essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Nicholas Carr argued that the Internet was rewiring our brains and making us less capable of long, sustained reading experiences. Our brains wanted to jump from link to link, not settle down with War and Peace.

That was 2008. Now it’s 2018, and Carr’s arguments seem both overly concerned and prescient. In the past 10 years bookstores haven’t disappeared. And millennials—who grew up with the Internet—actually read more books than those of us over 30. * Nevertheless, through social media the Internet has significantly transformed the …

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