Summary Of Is Google Making USupid By Nicholas Carr

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Technology is everywhere in today’s world and it is rapidly evolving. As technology evolves, so does the society using it. Technology is negatively affecting the way we read, write, and live. In the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” Nicholas Carr focuses on how the introduction of newer ease of access technologies has changed the way we read, write, and even think. “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr discusses the remapping of people’s brains upon the release of new technologies. Starting with the advent of writing, people’s brains have been rewired to think in the way of their current technologies. Studies in neuroplasticity reveal that the human brain can be still be reshaped even after reaching adulthood. The invention of …show more content…

Because time is being filled with short-term stimulation—during which brief tidbits of knowledge can be gained with minimal effort—rather than the long-term stimulation from books and print, people’s brains are being retrained to think in short bursts rather than fully developed ideas when speaking or planning. Games, texting, blog posts, and hyperlinks have begun to take over our time reducing interest in in-depth learning or prolonged research. These changes in the way people think are leading to an overall decrease in attention span, even in adults who at one point in time would claim that they had a sufficient attention …show more content…

These people say that technology allows us to access many sources of information at the touch of a button therefore gaining the ability to acquire greater amounts of knowledge without the superfluous details. Some even claim that technology allows us to reach our “ideal psychological state” through the stimulation short-term attention-grabbers on the internet (Anderson, “Just One More Game..”). It has even been claimed that texting “motivates students to write, practice” despite the fact that texting has detrimental effects on spelling, grammar and syntax (Cullington, “Does Texting Affect Writing?”). Socrates thought that with the development of writing, people would lose the knowledge they carried inside their heads. Socrates’ fears were proved to be unfounded though. While the development of written word did affect the memory of people of his time, writing also allowed for a preservation of knowledge that was far more reliable than word of mouth and allowed the knowledge to be preserved as well as shared for thousands of

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