He ultimately claims that although there are many benefits that can come from using the Internet, it is harming our brains and changing the way we process information, read, write, remember, and do everything. When it comes to reading, whether it be news, fiction, literature, science, history, articles, or the like, reading on the Web is inherently different from reading from a physical printed book, magazine, or newspaper. Both the Net and print have many advantages and disadvantages. For example, the Net provides a wider range of access to information than a book does, however, the book provides a linear way of thinking and reading, whereas the Net causes non-linear thinking (Carr 104). The primary disadvantage of reading on the Internet is distractions.
In his article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Nicholas Carr presents research on how the internet has damagingly modified the way society reads and comprehends transcribed material and what it has concluded to civilization. The internet has numerous sources of information that can be accessed using search engines, which has brought forth a negative paradigm shift in the way society learns, thinks and communicates. Learning is an important part for American society and for future generations. In the past decade, the internet has changed the way everyone learns and how children are educated. Instead of spending hours in a library and looking through different resources and databases for an answer, information can be easily retrieved with just
In Nicholas Carr’s article, “How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds” (November 10, 2017) Carr discusses the implications of allowing our smartphones to have such a huge effect on our lives. Smartphones serve many purposes, and have created massive societal effects throughout the world despite being introduced roughly only two decades ago. One can converse with anyone in the world at any given moment, they can watch any television show they want, and they can receive alerts so they no longer have to put effort into remembering things themselves. However, with so much control over people’s own lives, one begins to wonder about the negative consequences of the smartphones themselves. Carr brings up the question of how our minds can be negatively affected by this when he asks, “So what happens to our minds when we allow a single tool such dominion over our own perception and cognition?” While Carr is aware that the smartphone serves a countless number of useful purposes and tasks, he believes we should think deeper about the lesser known effects of our smartphones which people so easily allow to take over their lives.
Carr acknowledges that people read more because of the Web, but deplores that "our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connections that form when we read deeply and without distraction, remains largely disengaged." He states that the way we read on the internet is changing the way we think and making us less contemplative. Similarly, in “Pearls before Breakfast”, Weingarten notes that “the explosion in technology has perversely limited, not expanded, our exposure to new experiences.” We live in a time when technology can be used to replicate reality, augment reality, and create virtual reality. Technology obviously has its place, but at the same time, it can be potentially suffocating and suppressing. It is common knowledge that a significant number of people waste countless hours, forfeiting vocational and academic achievement due to digital distractions that have little or no lasting
The article “Does the Internet Make You Dumber?” whose writer being Nicholas Carr,was published in The Wall Street Journal by Dow Jones and Company based in New York City, USA. Nicholas G. Carr (born 1959) is known to be an American writer who has published books and articles on technology, business, and culture. His book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Carr states in his article that “we’re turning into shallow thinkers.” He asserts that today, the internet grants us easy access to unprecedented amounts of information and due to its constant distractions and interruptions we are also turning into scattered and superficial thinkers. To a lesser extent, I agree with Carr.
As a nation, Americans have experienced nothing but the rise of journalism since its birth in the mid-1600s. Starting off with hand-written bulletins, gazettes, and graduating to widespread newspaper publications, our entire nation has consistently been supplied with reliably sourced and usually unbiased information and educational articles. Having twenty-four seven instant access to the internet has changed the way we receive, read, and perceive information… but how so? Susan Jacoby’s article, “How Dumb Can We Get?” references this subject matter throughout.
Barnett-Bey points out that television and the internet are big components to why reading is now being taken for granted. My literacy story is similar to Barnett-Bey’s because I would also skim through a book instead of reading it just to get the homework or the assignment done. Today there are many distractions like television and social media that keeps us from enjoying reading and even reading at all. Now everyone is too busy watching TV and scrolling through social media. Barnett-Bey claims, “The enjoyment of reading, or reading for pleasure has been replaced in our fast-paced society with the internet, and television” (333).
Every type of technology may be used in either a way that benefit’s a person, or a way that may harm a person. The author, Nicholas Carr (2010), in “Does the Internet Make You Dumber?” argues that the internet, which is usually looked upon as the most abundant source of information, is actually what is leading people to become “superficial thinkers.” People who are always on the internet tend to not be very productive or creative. Even with the advantages using
Having to attend a brick and mortar school is not always convenient, especially for people who work a full-time job, have a disability and those with disorders such as agoraphobia and social anxiety. It has become a new way to learn. Even for someone not striving for a degree, college courses are available online, quite a few of them, free. MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, gained attention in 2011 when Stanford University offered a course in artificial intelligence. More than 160,000 students attended the free offering and more colleges began offering free courses as well (Stanford.edu).
Technology that was unthinkable ten years ago is old news today, especially regarding the Internet. The amount of data that flows through the Internet is astounding. Much of that data is our personal and private information. The Internet makes finding information on a person or company effortless. Especially, when people volunteer their private information and thoughts on social media sites It is because of this easy access that clearly defined laws protecting ones privacy need to be set.
Nicholas Carr argues in his article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” that the internet is changing the way we think and work for the worst.Many people disagree with this argument, and I think the internet is changing us, for the better. The internet has become a great resource in terms of education. It has allowed for communicating across the world intercultural experiences that used to be impossible. Lastly the the younger generation has grown up with the internet and is better suited for using it. Carr’s argument that the internet is making us stupid is very easy to argue when thinking about all the resources we have today.