Is the Internet Taking over Teenagers?

Topics: Mind, Thought, History of the Internet Pages: 2 (800 words) Published: November 14, 2011

How much time do we have left before technology completely takes over our mind? Or has it already? We are told it is changing our brains, our thinking, and our learning. Few people are as concerned as Nicholas G. Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to Our Brains, of how badly the internet is affecting us mentally. The book being a recent finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize Awards. In one of Carr’s articles, written for The Atlantic Magazine, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?: What the Internet is doing to our brains", speaking from a personal experience he says, “My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy.” Having been victimized by the internet, Carr continues, “Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. Naythin Hindi, who’s grown up with the internet for most of his life, tells us how he has been affected by it. “The internet can be a harmful product to most students in school. I say this because I am a victim of this theory. I believe that most people in school do not do well in tests and in homework because they are too busy updating their ‘Facebook statuses’. Social networks and other sites do affect students focus on school work. For me, I have gone through this harm done by the internet but have to yet overcome it.” While being a senior in high school, he has to find time to balance his school work, sports, and a girlfriend. But apart from all of these, not only does Naythin, but most of the internet users of today have to surpass the effects it is causing them. “Reading articles do seem to get very tiresome and useless when the internet is available. One thinks, ‘Why waste time...
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