Is Google Making Us Stupid? 9/30/2012 ENG140 Introduction to Writing Kanesha Howard In Nicholas Carr’s story “Is Google Making Us Stupid” his main point is the question, is quick access to the internet making humans more impatient to read and want to skim through stuff more. This story is a very well informative story. Carr uses google as a metaphor for the wider internet. When Carr asks the question is google making us stupid, he may have set an alarm for many.
Carter Campbell Mr. Abedinifard ENG 102 (AS25) 31 Oct 2014 In his essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, published in The Atlantic, Nicolas Carr expresses his opinions on the effect the internet has on people’s attentions spans and their intelligence. Carr talks about how reading lengthy articles has become more challenging for him as his internet usage increases. “Immersing myself in a book or article used to be easy. That’s rarely the case anymore” (92). Not only does Carr believe this but states others, including friends and colleagues are also experiencing this affect.
This Is Your Brain on the Internet The brain is one of the most fascinating organs in the human body. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the brain is a social organ. It reacts to environment around us, and these reactions subconscious or not can have an effect on our brain. One question that is being asked more and more regarding this is that is the internet making us dumb. Even though the internet is not a brand new thing, this question was never brought up because of how slow it used to be and because of how many people had access to it compared to now.
Summary of “Is Google Making Us Stupid” by Nicholas Carr Nicholas Carr argues in, “Is Google Making us Stupid?” that the internet is changing the way we think. The internet looks to be slowly taking away the ability to focus very long, and is becoming the most widely used medium for information. Carr has the feeling that he no longer thinks like he used to. Reading a long book or article is no longer enjoyable to him. He attributes this feeling to the extensive use of the internet and computers, even though this usage of the internet has been to help him write.
Nicholas Carr is the author of the article “Is Goggle making us stupid? Google proponents say that it’s not, they say that we don’t have to use our memory as much as before. Thanks to Google we have more time now to daydream or brainstorm. Or that we can see Google as an huge external hard disk for our brain. Carr thinks that this is bullshit.
Carr does this to show just how big of an impact that the internet has not only on the literary society, but society as a whole. This essay is primarily a convincing essay, in that Carr is attempting to explain why Google is creating an attention-deficit society. He states that, “Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy.”(603) Nicholas then goes on to mention how his concentration starts to wonder after reading two to three pages. The intimate relationship between the reader and the text is lost. Carr feels as though he has to constantly find his way back to the original text because of distractions.
If “Generation Q” does not approach and pay any attention to some of the issues from the past generation, people in the youth are going to waste most of their lives “digging out from the deficits” left behind from the previous generation (Friedman 8). Thomas L. Friedman conveys that “Generation Q” needs to be aware that there present actions will be the outcome of the future. One point Friedman addresses in his article is that the youth is “too online”, and needs to approach things physically like his generation did in the past (Friedman 8). For example he says, “Activism can only be uploaded, the old-fashioned way” (Friedman 8). The Internet is a major part of society in today’s generation, and is used to accomplish many things.
This fear dates back to at least the invention of movable type.” I tend to agree more with Sharkey because there are a lot of learning toold we can gain from the web. The internet is making a lot of people lazy, it takes all the work and effort out of reading, writing, and even thinking. What used to be time consuming can now be done in a shorter period of time. With just a few clicks and typed words. Most things are made much simpler by just googling and searching for words and stories.
When individual logs onto the internet he or she may found a sense of information over kill since there is no filters in place to organize from the truth or the fiction of items that he or she reads, and Searching in a specific database, such as Ashford’s Library is different from searching in Bing, Google, and Yahoo. Since these set up for various individual people, where he or she wants to obtain their information from and it is up to the individual person on how they would interpreted their information. Well I like to use Google and the local library it is much easier for me too look up things in Ashford Library for example Ubiquitous Computing articles I would get lost with Ashford libraries system I have a hard time find articles with this topic. However, I would then go to Diigo search bar with look up the similar research on ubiquitous computing attempt to observer articles on this topic. The information might be extremely overwhelming when it comes to influential movement in the last century and with the terms of “ revolution” refers to a drastic change in technological revaluation
For instance, through the online chat forums, I can grasp the innumerous different opinions and perspectives from people regarding topics from education to the latest movies. By learning from what other people are thinking, it helps me become more open-minded. Technology affects every aspect of our lives, as communication and information travels faster and faster, the world seems smaller and smaller. Living in such a globalised world, this has large implications on how we view the world around us. The internet connects people closer to each other, thus, the barriers of distance between people narrows or in some cases, even disappears.