In "Is Google Making Us Stupid?", Nicholas Carr looks into his own experiences and perceptions with the impact of the internet on his mind.
Naturally, when the researcher and the instrument or experiment are one in the same, there is no science, not even the soft or subjective science of statistical analysis -- at least not until one is able to condense a proper experiment from the collection of thoughts and ideas that emerge from the myriad processes of self analysis.
However the subject is an important one, as the impact of the internet on our lives has been enormous. Moving virtually the whole world population through short internet decades of awareness and development. We went through the flame wars, when we discovered the false intimacy of the internet. We went through the face book, when we discovered new kinds of vanity and attention in available degrees of fame. It's been a fire hose in the gardens of our respective consciousnesses, clearing away everything but the very earth of self.
We've passed through these doors with a sense of the goodness and benefit from these adventures. And certainly that's true. Or can be.
Most recently I've been looking for a solution to the problem that Nicholas describes. Managing the importance of my respective interests. The least important is the easiest to do, and can sometimes fill time while important ideas are baking. But sorting out the baking from the silly pleasures of innocent social intercourse has been in need of a solution. The one I have found may be interesting.
Sometimes one may pass a decade simply switching effectively between desktop windows and satisfying various interests and demands effectively. But if this has stopped working for you, then here's another way.
Large differences in display screen size have completely different emotional and psychological impact. From a full size cinema screen, to a home theater screen, to desktop computer screen to laptop or handheld screens -- each captivates ones mind in a very different way. The larger sizes have a substantial emotional and psychological impression, and the smallest sizes are completely bounded under ones own ego and comprehension.
Here's a recipe for success. Use your largest computer screen for your vital work, and a smaller device for interest or entertainment activities. Maintain a strict regime for a week and the difference should become apparent enough to motivate the maintenance of the technique.
My advice, go to the movie theater only for good movies, unless of course you want to play with your mind (not recommended after age 20).