The internet has changed his train of thought and his ability to focus and concentrate. He believes our brains have been reprogramed over time to adjust to the speed and convenience of the internet. Our ability to retain and digest traditional media has also been compromised since we are used to receiving information so rapidly. This is a strong opening argument for his essay. He supports this argument by citing a study conducted by students who have attended The University College London.
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
The primary disadvantage of reading on the Internet is distractions. The Internet is filled with distractions; in fact, the Net is inherently designed to distract its users. As Nicholas Carr describes, “the Net seizes our attention only to scatter it” (118). The Internet causes its users to constantly shift their focus to new alerts, updates, emails, hyperlinks, ads, videos, pictures, and more. All of these interruptions prevent the user from attentively and thoroughly understanding the material, therefore prohibiting the necessary act of deep and reflective reading (63).
The biggest point that got my attention is when he makes a statement about the internet. He says in his essay that the internet is a resource that provides information to our brain. Carr goes on to state that many people do not realize how much we rely on the internet. With the internet being available to us on are smartphone 24/7 it allows us to gain knowledge and become smarter in daily life. The ways we can access information is amazing with just one click onto a hyperlink which can lead us into something else and may get distracted.
For instance the writer’s reading habits were changed, because his job requires him to obtain information to present. When the information became more readily available, it was easy for him to skim and pick out what he wanted to use in his papers instead of only having a select few of informational sources to use. Although the internet has led to more “lazy” readers, the extent to which it has affected people is not as big as some may think. Nicholas Carr in “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” presents an argument that the internet is continually making more people alter their reading habits. However, the extent that the internet influences people’s lives can only be understood from those
Miserable at school, where he believes he does not fit in, Steve dreads having to interact with people face to face, as he is so accustomed to isolation. Stoll also adds, “Where once people like Steve would have … slowly learned how to deal with people, today they are able to turn to the Internet for solace and escape.” Spending long periods of time alone, becoming out of the habit of talking to and interacting with people face to face can create or worsen pre-existing cases of social anxiety, and is detrimental to developing basic social
Censorship of Internet Legal Perspective Being a relatively new medium to the world, though the many years that has passed, it is still hard to pass a law in terms of censoring contents floating in the digital world. Internet may be a free world of knowledge yet the internet is, at the same time, a mind corrupting knowledge mine field. Ultimately, it depends on the user itself. Why would there exist a need to suppress and control what is on the internet? To control and to suppress is the reason why we need law.
They now rely on technology to help get information easier. Before technology became what it is today, finding an answer would require research and thinking for oneself. Even just a couple years ago, if a student was writing a research paper, they would go to the library to read and learn about the topic, so they could complete the assignment. Now people depend on the internet to do most of the searching for them. With information easily attained, people no
Is this healthy, is this causing more than a minor issue? Nicholas Carr and Clive Thompson both talk about technology and the impacts on it, but through two different views. Yet I still believe either way that technology can negatively affect your social life and relationships you hold with others, but especially friends and family. Nicholas Carrs essay, “Is Google Making Us Stupid” he argues that using the internet as our search engine and reading source is altering the way that we read and process information. “Never has a communications system played so many roles in our lives-or exerted such broad influence over our thoughts-as the internet does today,” (Carr 321).
I wake up and look at my phone, the last thing I do before going to bed is watch YouTube, and the rest of my day consist of various uses of communications and entertainment via these technological outlets. That being said, I feel I have little time left over to actually read a book and the speed at which I read seems to have decreased. Throughout my day I found myself drawn to technology when I was alone. When not eating or socializing with friends I found myself needing to fill this void of time. This both scared me and allowed me to see just how much I am controlled by my phone and laptop, to the point that I found myself reaching for my pocket when I had spare time and then, when not finding it, having a moment of panic followed by a realization again of the assignment I was doing.