Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

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In Nicholas Carr’s article, “Is Google making us stupid? What the Internet is doing to our brains”, he’s not necessarily saying that Google is making us stupid, instead, he’s stating the fact that the computer has so much going on, our brains are becoming more and more like it each day we access it. In addition, the main point of this article is to discuss how the internet may have negative effects on the human mind, in that, the way in which we use the internet is changing the way our brains absorb information and the quick access to information on the Internet has lead to individuals becoming “annoyed” in reading and “happier” due to the fact that we can easily browse through without thinking. Carr believes that the structure of the brain is slowly being reprogrammed thus getting rid of his ability to think deep into scripts and making it easier for him to surf from link to link. Carr is not the only one who feels this was. In the article, the existence of this fact is carried out by several anecdotes as well as by a 5 year research program carried out by university scholars. He says, “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words, now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski”. As a writer, he finds the Internet as being very useful but he admits it’s having a bad effect on his concentration. Unlike speech, reading and writing is not instilled in our genes and so the way we write depends heavily on which we have to do so. In one area of the article, Carr describes how the human brain reacts to changes on technology. The human brains can adapt quite well to changes in the way we do stuff and adjust to the new environment. Carr states that “Kubrick’s dark prophecy, “as we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flatters into artificial intelligence” Simply put, we might have those sources where we can get all the knowledge...
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