Is Google Making Us Stupid

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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? Carr stated “I now have almost totally lost the ability to read and absorb a longish article on the web or in print” (Carr 963). In Is Google Making us Stupid? By Nicholas G. Carr, He brings to light our diminishing ability to focus on the printed word, (Books, magazines, newspapers; etc.) changes in our thought process, and the influences the Web has on our brain. Carr also goes on to ask “Where does it end” (Carr 969). The advancement of the Web has rapidly changed the human independence of sorting, searching, and absorbing knowledge. It is important for the frequent Web user to realize just how much he or she relies on obtaining knowledge via the Web. The human brain has become slower and totally dependent on technology and the Web. I agree with Carr’s view on our inability to focus on the printed word. Carr stated “For me, as for others, the Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind” (Carr 962). Visiting libraries and opening an encyclopedia to obtain knowledge on a particular subject has become a thing of the past. Mostly because of our laziness and reliance on the Web to filter through and show us exactly whatever it is we are searching for. Carr also stated “The more they use the Web, the more they have to fight to stay focus on long pieces of writing” (Carr 962). This for me is most impactful. When on the Web searching for global news I find myself only reading through the headline news. Some of
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