Is Google Making Us Stupid? Criticism of the Web most often questions whether we are becoming more superficial and scattered in our thinking. Some see the change as a loss, not as a gain. Some would say that the Web is the greatest humanizing impact in the World. The World Wide Web has changed the way we think and how we live our everyday lives, but is it molding our lives?
The Impact of Internet On Our Mind Is Google making us dumber or smarter? Many people argue about becoming smarter or dumber because of the Google. Everyone has their own opinion about what they think. As for me, I believe Google is making us smarter and dumber at the same time. It depends on people’s situation how they utilize Google in their life.
Overloaded information makes people lose the ability of thinking deeply and also change the way we are reading. There are too much databases on the Internet. In order to get more precise information efficiently, people learnt to skim the Website much quickly. “A style that puts” efficiency” and “immediacy” above all else, may be weakening our capacity for the kind of deep reading” (153). Deep reading is indistinguishable from deep thinking.
Take for example the first essay by Mr. Carr. Here the author writes about how us using the World Wide Web for essentially everything we do has impaired, to some extent, the capacity of ability for us to concentrate on what we are truly reading, and therefore affecting our understanding for it “ The last thing these companies want is to encourage leisurely reading or slow, concentrated thought. It’s in their economic interest to drive us to distraction” (539). Mr. Carr does make a point when he writes about the amount of unnecessary cites and links that a simple search has. But this is the type of life we need to have, multiple options to our search so that way we as individual form our own point of view.
In Nicholas Carr essay, “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” he states that people are losing focus easier than before and instead of reading the material, that they are skimming over it. Most of our time is spent on the internet. We tend to skim over information and move to the next thing, me myself I am guilty of this. Nicholas also makes the statement, “The Human brain is just an outdated computer that needs a faster processor and a bigger hard drive. I feel like he uses this to show how the internet has skimmed our brains.
With this beginning, Carr starts to explain to us that his mind has also become much more erratic since his use of the internet. “…an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going but it’s changing,” is what Carr writes to compare the supercomputer’s mind with his (Carr 67). His mind, as he states, “begins to look for something else to do” (Carr 67). Carr finds a published study of online research habits conducted by scholars from the University College London.
John McWilliams Mr. Murzyn Issue Proposal Is Google Making Us Stupid? Is Google really helping us or is it giving us a way out of learning things ourselves? I believe that Google is holding people back from their true potential. With just a few seconds people can find practically anything they can imagine on Google. These days, when someone wants to find information or get answers for a problem they simply “Google it”.
Social media is the cause of many problems in society today. There are three major offenders that cause our society to become de-socialized. The first is the use of instant messenger it gives us the feeling of a conversation with quick back and forth banter, but in short emotionless phrases, emotions to give the appearance of feeling. This form of social media makes it almost impossible to convey complex ideas. The second is email even though email started out much like the old fashion letter writing, it has become a quick emotionless, in interpersonal way of communication.
He then moves on to inform the reader on how absorbed he would get in the textbooks and articles. Carr’s challenge to blame his disorder on computer/internet use is an unfair emotional claim with no importance. He has completely demolished his argument that the Internet is to blame for his disconnection, when in fact it sounds more likely to be a medical condition to blame. The feeling of having someone playing with his brain, remapping the neural motherboard, reprogramming the memory can even be viewed as grounds for a panic evaluation. Carr continues stating that the use of computers is also to blame for his reduced ability to read through whole articles on the Internet and adds that even his friends and acquaintances-literary types most of them are dealing with the same
Using the Internet is my favorite way to research but all sites aren’t good to use. I find it challenging due to the fact that when you Google something pages of sites will come up. You have surf through them all to find the facts and then surf for quotes and the origin of them. Not to mention you have to figure out what information is valuable and what is trash. Then there are sources to go to such as the Library.