Is Google Making Us Stupid

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Google: Dumbing Down Society Does the Internet make us stupid? Or does it simply allow us to become more efficient? The answer is yes to both, and these are questions that come to mind while reading an article titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr. If you were born in the early 90’s or before, it is safe to assume you have witnessed the rapid evolution of technology, which has now led to the simplicity of tasks that used to require a great amount of time and effort. In this article, Carr explains to us the ways in which he believes that technology has affected our society. Although we think of pros when it comes to the advancement of technology, not many of us who use technology have considered that there are negative affects to this ongoing advancement of technology. There are several effects due to the advancement of the Internet; laziness, shorter attention span, and lack of patience. The primary claim that is made in this article is that the more we use the Internet, the weaker our ability to concentrate on long pieces of writing become. While some people might not agree with the idea that the Internet is diminishing our intelligence. We’re provided with evidence from a few of Carr’s acquaintances who say that the more they use the Web, the more they have to stay focused on long pieces of writings. These statements make sense, due to the fact that our society has become all about immediacy and less about patience. While I’m an avid user of technology, ranging from the latest MacBook to the next iPhone, I have to agree with Carr’s claim that technology is indeed diminishing our intelligence. A few months ago I was showing my Grandmother the different shortcuts my MacBook offered, such as swiping three fingers up displayed all the open windows, swiping two fingers back loaded the previous Internet page, and she was amazed by the simplicity my

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