The Impact of the Internet

The Internet is many things to many people. It can be a way to keep up with friends and family, learn a new skill, order dinner, watch TV, read books, get a college degree, find a job, pay bills, and more. No one can argue that the virtual world has a tremendous impact on our physical world whether we're online daily or have never used a computer. How is it affecting us overall? A recent crop of authors have tried to tackle the question. Read a few of their thoughts on the subject in these books:  

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
Overconnected: The Promise and Threat of the Internet by William H. Davidow
Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson
Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War by Byron Reese
Breakpoint: Why the Web Will Implode, Search Will Be Obsolete, and Everything Else You Need to Know About Technology is in Your Brain by Jeff Stibel