The Internet Is Making Us Lazy

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Drew Kingery
ENG 123
13 September 2011
Professor Kelvie

The Internet and Its Effects on People
The internet, is it making us lazier, or is it increasing our productivity throughout our lives. In today’s world, we rely heavily on the internet for day to day uses and it has become something of a crutch for humans. From things such as looking up how to get to the nearest Sub-way, to ordering and purchasing items online, the internet has done nearly everything to make our lives easier. In a way the internet could be making us lazy as people. Alternatively, there’s the argument that the internet is making us more productive by improving search speeds, and making it so that information is readily at our fingertips.

The internet has been set up in order for us to be able to take advantage of its infinite network of links and sources that ultimately make our lives easier. Anything that used to require effort or remembering something is now looked back on like some old, hazy memory. This topic of how the internet is making us lazy is somewhat close to me because I have always been somewhat of a purist. I always like to know where things are and have them memorized, so that I don’t have to rely on Google Maps for directions. I also like going and shopping at stores rather than online shopping, it makes me feel like I’m actually doing something rather than, and pardon my French, sitting on my ass. In this age, you don’t even have to know or remember how to get places anymore, just look it up on Google maps and you can get anywhere you want without having to know the town, city, or state. If a kid who just got his driver’s license never learns to drive around the area he lives in because he can just look it up online, he just singlehandedly eliminated his chances and motivation to ever need to learn or memorize how to get around where he lives. I am going to share a quote I said to my friend last week, “why would you Google Maps how to get to DP Dough if it’s...
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