The Influence of Technology In the essay, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Nicholas Carr argues that utilization of the internet has an adverse effect on our way of thinking and functioning in everyday life. Whether it be reading a newspaper, or scrolling through Facebook, internet media has forever stamped its name in our existence. Carr explains to us that the internet is a tool used every single day in today’s society, but also makes most of us complacent with the ease of having the world at our fingertips. He starts his argument by telling us the effect the internet has had on him and others he has come across. The internet has changed his train of thought and his ability to focus and concentrate.
People like Carr wonder about what is happening in the future. Carr is concerned that people are not using their brain as much as they should. People are now looking for an easy way and the internet supplying the needs. By relying on new sources it is easy to get the answer and not have to work for it at all. It is easy to Google what you do not know, and what Carr has been saying all along.
Even though it is at such easy access, how much more damage is being caused to our brains by using the internet rather than reading a newspaper? Nicholas Carr addresses this issue in his short story Does the Internet Make You Smarter or Dumber. Nicholas Carr, a graduate with a bachelor 's from Dartmouth College and a master 's degree from Harvard University, is an author who writes about technology, business and, culture. Carr uses his knowledge of technology, information from articles and experiments along with a neuroscientist to establish that the internet is affecting our brain. Nicholas Carr has an extensive awareness of the damage that technology is doing to our brains which aids to create a foundation of credibility.
I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading.” (Carr 557). This is an effective use of pathos because it draws the reader to question whether or not their way of thinking is changing as well. Carr is trying to create this connection, so the audience feels exactly what he is feeling and is successful at doing so. Carr expresses that his mind and how he thinks changed due to the new phenomenon “the Internet.” He proves his point by explaining that the internet has reprogrammed our minds to want everything quick and complete. To me, this was effective because once the reader thinks about it, they start realizing how accurate this actually is.
The writer establishes a direct tone to readers that the way people think is changing due to the Internet. The brain is not the straightforward machine it once was thought to be; it is actually quite flexible. different regions of the brain are associated with different mental functions, but the cellular components do not form permanent structures or play rigid roles. The brain is able to change with experiences, circumstances, and needs so now that the Internet is so influential today the way people think is often changed. Today even the Internet is an extension of the human will.
In The Shallows, Nicholas Carr discusses the internet’s effect on human thought. This is perfectly shown in Chapter Nine which is titled “Search, Memory.” Carr speaks on how the internet effects long term memory. The chapter quotes one of the smartest minds in the history of Western Civilization, Socrates. Socrates is quoted, “Writing down their thoughts and reading the thoughts of others had written down, they become less dependent on the contents of their own memory.” (The Shallows, Pg. 173) Socrates was onto something, just not in the right in the right part of history.
Generation Amy Goldwasser’s article “What’s the Matter with Kids Today?” has argues that the internet has a positive effect on today’s youth in response to the older generation’s blame that the internet irresponsible for the decline in kids actually reading literature. Goldwasser gives examples on how the internet’s impact has greatly affected today’s youth as opposed to the older generation’s views: Kids today read and write on their own free will via social networks, blogs, etc. They have instant access to information on any historical event or literature in their possession, and how the youth influence our everyday life thru the internet. I agree with Goldwasser in saying that the internet has a more positive influence on today’s youth
While we have discussed the pros and positive effect that technology has had on education, now we will discuss a few cons as well. As technology – based information has had a profound effect on the way people can now educate themselves, the latter also had its demerits. Like most great advancements in modern technology, the internet’s purposes have been altered and are being used for nefarious acts such as plagiarism, invasion of privacy and content theft leading to academic dishonesty in the realm of education. Plagiarism is nothing new to the academic society, as nowadays students tend to ‘copy and paste’ from the internet in order to either please the teacher or to get rid of the assigned work. Furthermore, technology such as the internet has now created opportunities for students to become better cheaters and to digitally copy information from web based sources resulting in new challenges for the educators.
In “The Swallows”, Carr shows us how the internet has become more popular than the old alternative books and magazines. The internet has became our life from day to day, as we know it is slowly changing the way our brains think. In this book, his reasonings were to help understand the importance that the internet has had on our upcoming generations. HIs main focus was on what is going on to the humans brains. All of his research on what it has done to our brains is causing us to realize more of his understandings.
It is fair to say that accessing Internet provides vast information for children to build their creativity and IT skills in this current advanced digital world. Therefore, adults have the right to supervise their children’s Internet usage. However, my research is limited to several news reports from Singapore, non-fiction books and articles from United States of America(USA) and may appear biased. In my honest opinion, I
Nowadays, the internet is the biggest marketing and media tool that people can use today. It can have various effects on people’s daily life ranging from bad to beneficial. In the essay “Is Google making us stupid” by Nicholas Carr writes about how internet usage in the 21st century is changing people’s reading habit and a cognitive concentration. Particularly, he emphasizes on Google’s role in this matter and its consequences on making people machine like. Carr also stated that the online reading largely contributes to people’s way of reading a book.
He argues that a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the Net is turning us into scattered and superficial thinkers. I find my concerns with similar to Carr because although the internet has provided the public with an incredible amount of data that can be streamed very easily at our fingertips, this flood of data has changed on how poor we process information in the internet. Our ability to focus on informations in the web could lead to memory loss in the near future. Carr stated, “Only when we pay deep attention to a new piece of information are we able to
Scholars from University College London have examined two of the most popular sites, and found people using the sites merely skimmed the articles and saved longer ones to read for later, which they may have not read. Even though we may be reading more than we did in the 70’s and 80’s with the help of cell phones and computers. Maryanne Wolf, a developmental psychologist, worries the Internet puts emphasizes on “efficiency” and “immediacy”, ruining our capacity for reading in depth, which emerged with the printing press. The technologies we use in our daily lives help influence the neural circuits in our brains, experiments show readers that use ideograms, like the Chinese, have a different circuitry then those who use an alphabet in their language. Fredrich Nietzche, whose eyesight was failing, bought a typewriter that saved him, allowing him to continue writing, after he learned touch-typing.
The modernization of the internet can have positive and negative effects on the world. The modernization of the web can have positive and negative consequences on the world. It is sure in light of the fact that it gives everyone the power to access any information, that they need in second. In any case, it is contrary since individuals start to get limited focus and just focus on the things they need to see as opposed to seeing the full picture. To begin with, The Loneliness of the Interconnected is an essay on how the internet
Second, the internet makes access to important info that we would have never known much easier. Lastly, our attention spans are simply not shrinking but were trying to gain much more info quicker than we used too. However, the internet is particularly making us disconnected from the real world To start with, the internet makes communication much easier across the world and makes learning about new cultures a breeze compared to the times before the internet. For example, the internet has made communication with my family across the world much easier for me. Through the website Ancestory.com i was able to find part of my grandmas side of the family that was actually presently living in Vancouver.