Is Google Making Us Stupid

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Is Google Making Us Stupid? In Nicholas Carr’s article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” He discusses how the internet is our main source of information, and with it being the main source of information it is making it more difficult for us to read books or a simple article. He is frustrated that he can no longer read a simple book that used to come so naturally to him, but now it is a struggle to do any type of reading. Carr expects to take in information the way the net distributes it, but the net is chipping away at his capacity for concentration and contemplation. When his troubles are mentioned to friends they say they have the same issues and experiences as he to stay focused on long pieces of writing. Carr states that a study was conducted by a College University in London to test that there are new forms of reading habits. A five year research program found that people hop from one source to another and very rarely return to the source they already visited. But there was no evidence that people, who saved a long article, actually went back and read it. Carr also takes his analogy and compares it to when the mechanical clock was introduced. People stopped listening to their senses and started paying attention to the clock. In the article Carr follows some bloggers like Wolf who explains that we have to teach our minds how to translate characters into a language we understand. All the circuits woven by our use of the net will be different from those woven by our reading or books. In 1882 Friedrich Nietzsche bought a typewriter with the fear he was losing his vision, and the typewriter was to help keep his eyes focused. Eventually he was able to write with his eyes
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