*Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Is Google Making Us Stupid? By Nicholas Carr, illustrated by Guy Billout

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This article describes what the internet is doing to society’s brains. The first part of his article starts off with a guy who claims that his “mind is going” which clarifies that he’s losing his smarts. He feels like someone or something is fiddling with his brain and messing up his memory. Overall, he feels like his mind is changing. “The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle”. He feels like all the things he used to do, like a read a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. But now, as time passes and he notices that things are changing with his brain, it’s just not the same. He came to a realization that he knows what is going on. He’s noticed that he’s been spending a good amount of his time online, searching and surfing the Internet. He sees the Net, as he describes a “universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that lows through my eyes and ears and into my mind”. The Net seems to be affecting attentiveness and thought. Next, he brings up other individuals who are in the same situation. Scott Karp, writer of a blog about online media confessed that as a lit major, he stopped reading books. Does that make any sense?

I think that Carr’s article was very interesting. I’ve understood that the older generation would rather talk in slang language and “texting language” rather in English words. The older generation doesn’t seem to appreciate classic literature. Carr emphasizes in his article that the internet and other new technologies are making the modern generation very lazy, and he’s right. Sometimes, I see myself skimming online articles to find information, and most times I pay no attention to the writing language. Having quick access to information, such as using Google has affected the world, and has really improved our world also.  I see it as a problem, but then I don’t. If I am able to search up information quickly rather than searching up articles to get the information I need, then why not take advantage of the technologies that we have today?

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