Steven Pinker wrote “Mind over Mass Media” which tells of this claim is more false than true. Pinker reminds us that if technology was actually making us more stupid, then how are we scientifically better than ever before. Critics are believing that the mind is being shaped by everything it is seeing and hearing. The only problem here is the lack of self control people have when it comes to the distracting parts of the internet we use so often. People tend to find themselves reading tweets instead of articles now.
Behavioral changes from one generation to the next naturally occur little by little. Nonetheless, changes in adolescent behavior from the millennial generation triumphing it have been substantial and revolutionary. Today’s teens have never witnessed a world without internet. The majority of them possess smartphones and waste several hours each week on social media. But while numerous parents may feel allayed about their teens’ seeming uninterested in drinking, driving and dating, they could perhaps be overlooking the effects that continuous internet access has on their teens’ mental well-being.
The real question is should our school participate or not? Technology has been around since the 1860s. Technology has many effects in our environment and has helped develop more advanced economies in our society. The use of technology can enhance and deteriorate the lives of many people especially students. In my personal opinion, I think our school should participate in “ Shut your Screen Week” The reasons I think our school should participate include using technology such as cell phones during class can cause distraction, the use of too much technology can be overwhelming, Spending hours on a screen can lead to certain health issues such as poor eyesight, and by decreasing the amount of technology usage it
As technological advancement expedites even more, what started out as a way of solving a problem seems to have become the problem. Some say SNS like Facebook was meant to connect people but instead, it isolates people. This sort of paradoxical phenomenon amongst technologies are ubiquitous. As users of technology, humans often forget that technology is merely a device created by humans for a purpose. The technology isn’t the problem, it’s the users.
Rhetorical Analysis In the article “Is Google Making us Stupid?”, author Nicholas Carr expresses his idea that the internet is taking over society and our thinking process. Google is affecting our abilities to read books, longer articles, and even older writings. Carr believes that we have become so accustomed to the ways of the internet, and we are relying on Google 's ability to sort through the details for us so we don 't have to, in order to get the information we find necessary more efficiently. He finds that this process has become almost too handy, and that it is corrupting us from becoming better educated. Carr writes quite a lengthy article to support his opinion.
When Carr discusses how the internet has affected people close to him he discusses their experiences by saying, “The more they use the Web, the more they have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing”. This phenomenon is quite evident in "Fahrenheit 451" with Mildred, the programing she views has reduced her attention span to nearly nonexistent as she doesn’t fully comprehend what Montag says in their discussions. A con of the internet would have to be the fact that information is readily available, it allows us to consume lots of information in a shorter amount of time. In the past information took time to find and was mostly found in written books, "Fahrenheit 451" is a society in which this concept has been brought to an extreme. Print literature/any form of physical writing is extremely important according to Maryanne Wolf, an author referenced in the article, “The media or other technologies we use in learning and practicing the craft of reading play an important part in shaping the neural circuits inside our brains”.
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
As for the Facebook, I was active, possible not this much, but some of my friends think I 've died because I no longer have time to write my funny daily novels in the life of Rhondaism 's, as it is referred to; or sadly even say hi. My everyday life as a single mother of a very active boy makes it very hard to find the time to devote all that I need in college, and life in general; much
Jordan Grafman, neuroscientist and chief of the cognitive neuroscience section at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke or NINDS, stated that “kids that are instant messaging while doing homework, playing games online and watching TV, I predict, aren’t going to do well in the long run.” Grafman has conducted decades of research that demonstrate “that the quality of one’s output and depth of thought deteriorate as one attends to ever more tasks,” (Wallis, 2006). Donald Roberts, a professor of communication at Stanford, noted that students “can’t go the few minutes between their 10 o’clock and 11 o’clock classes without talking on their cell phones. It seems to me that there’s almost a discomfort with not being stimulated--a kind of ’I can’t stand the silence.’” Grafman explains that it’s not actually multitasking, but really “you’re doing more than one thing, but you’re ordering them and deciding which one to do at any one time,” therefore not
Chapter 2 Literature Review Sarwar and Soomro (2013) analyzed several positive and negative impacts that the use of smartphones puts on the society. The study included these impacts in the fields such as education, business, human psychology health and social life. As one of the most positive impacts, smartphones have been sold in a huge number in a small time period which created a new business dimension and offered an opportunity to businesses to invest in the phone application development, as the research mentions. Some of the negative impacts as the study states that the popularity of smartphones has affected the computer sales and from the past few years, the usage of smartphones has grown more than computers. Apart from some very common apps such as email and popular social networking applications, different users pose different attitude towards smartphone apps based on their personal interest, likes and dislikes and other reasons.