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One day while working night shift at a Citgo gas station, my stomach started cramping all the sudden. I knew it wasn’t regular cramping due to some food I ate. I knew it was something serious because the pain brought me to my knees. I didn’t know what it’s called and how to make it feel. So I quickly when on the internet from my phone at work and searched it. I found out that I had all the symptoms of a stomach ulcer. After finding that out, I reacted quickly and got it taken care of. Thanks to the power of the internet, my stomach ulcer did not get worse. Carr’s articles about the disadvantages of the internet are completely true. Regardless of what people think of the internet, it plays a vital role in our daily lives.

In Nicholas Carr’s article, he talks about the advantages and the disadvantages of the internet. Clearly the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. He proves how the internet changed the way people think. He goes into details quoting scientists, editors, and other people whose the internet is significant in the daily lives. He describes in details how the internet changed peoples’ reading habits. He also describes how because of the massive use of the internet daily, people start to operate like computers. “It’s becoming our map and our clock, our printing press and our typewriter, our calculator and our telephone, and our radio and TV” Carr.

I think that the internet indeed changed the way we think for the worse. From my personal experience, the internet changed the way I think. A lot of other people experience the same. It changed the way people read. Instead of deep reading of long passages of writing, people started skimming everything they try to read. Marshall McLuhan pointed out in 1960 “media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought” (Carr). Marshall discusses how the internet decreases a person’s concentration...
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