Reading Vs Technology Essay

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Reading vs. Technology According to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll taken in 2007, on average the surveyed people reported reading only four books in 2006. More astonishing is the fact that one in four adults admitted to reading no books at all in the previous year. The study also indicated people over fifty read more books than people younger than fifty. So what’s the reason for so few people reading? Many researchers, including Nicholas Carr, believe that the internet and technology are causing fewer and fewer people to read. In Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” he states that technology negatively affects our minds, especially the younger generations. Patrick Kingsley also supports the notion that the internet and technology are hurting us in his article, “The Art of Slow Reading.” While many people refuse to believe this lack of reading results directly from the internet and technology, Carr uses an alluring metaphor of a scuba diver and a jet skier to make his claim whereas Kingsley challenges us to simply slow down. Carr’s metaphor explains this apparent change the best, “Once I was a scuba diver in a sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski” (Carr 1). This statement truly reflects the way the world is moving. People are moving toward an internet based life where they can easily find the answer to anything on Google with just a few clicks. People don’t want to do in-depth research for anything anymore. We look for the easy answer that doesn’t require much thought. Google alone has changed our minds and the way we think. This phenomenon is not just affecting the younger generation. Literary and intellectual types all around are noticing a change in the way they think pre-Google. In Carr’s article Scott Karp, who writes a blog about online media, admits to his struggle with the changes, “What if I do all my

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