Is Google Making Us Stupid
In the Atlantic Magazine, Nicholas Carr wrote an article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Carr poses a good question about how the internet has affected our brain, by remapping the neural circuitry and reprogramming our memory. Carr states, “My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell-but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the say way I used to think.” Carr went on farther, saying that he cannot read as long as he used to, his concentration starts to wonder after two or three pages. He states, “he began to get fidgety and lose his focus and start looking for other things to do.” Carr says this change is because he spend so much time on the internet, that as a writer, then he finds the Web to be very valuable to him getting information. Carr say to him and others, the internet is becoming a universal medium, that most information flows through your eyes and ears and into your mind. Wired’s Clive Thompson says, “the net seems to be doing is chipping away the capacity for concentration and contemplation, that the mind now expects to take in information the internet distributes it; in a swiftly moving stream of particles.” He uses for an example, “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” The reason he says this is because why searching the internet we tend to just skim from site to site and to never return back to the same site. Carr says that he is not the only one, that when he mention his reading to his friends, many say they are having the similar problems. One of his friends, Scott Karp states that, “ he has stopped reading books altogether.
Karp said in college he read a lot of books, but what happen is that he started to think about what if he did all his reading online. It was not because of the way he read has changed,...
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