In Carr's article, The Juggler's Brain, he talks about some distractions as being beneficial to problem solving.
"...breaks in our attention give our unconscious mind time to grapple with a problem, bringing to bear information and cognitive processes unavailable to conscious deliberation. We usually make better decisions, his experiments reveal, if we shift our attention away from a difficult mental challenge for a time."
In an article I found online, Seven Strategies to Inspire and Nurture Creativity in Ourselves, the author agrees with Carr's statement. She suggests that in order to nurture creativity, a person needs to: keep a journal, go for a walk, read more and volunteer among other non-computer activities. Or, in other words, give the mind a break with a "purposeful diversion."
Do you agree with Carr that the internet's constant distractions keep us from thinking either deeply or creatively? What do you think the future holds for our youth, accustomed to days of distracted and scattered internet activity and cell phone use? Do you take time away from the computer for purposeful diversion?