On a Saturday afternoon, a young college student notice that as she was reading chapter three for her sociology class, she found it quite difficult to stay focus and she has only read one pages into the chapter. She turns off the television, in order to avoid any sound from distracting her. However, turning off the TV still did no help. Unable to focus, the student then picks up her phone and start scrolling through instragram (an social network) and look through new photos friends has posted. The student goes back to the reading but still couldn't manage to keep her full attention on the reading. She questioned herself, "Why can't I stay focus?".
The next day morning, while at church she found the same difficulty while reading a verse from the bible. Later that day, she has also found a similar pattern while searching through the web. She found herself skimming from site to site; looking at the new latest trends at store's website while she also look up the weather for tomorrow and listens to Rihanna new hit "Stay". The student perceive that the same habits she adapted using the internet, multitasking, skimming, and ………., is the same behavior she undertakes while reading. Which could explain her lack of concentration.
In an essay written by Nicholas Carr, "Is Google making us Stupid?", Carr argues how the Internet may diminish our capacity for concentration and contemplation. He himself has experiences lack of concentration like the student. He explains, "….I'd spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That's rarely the case anymore." But it furthermore then just diminishing the capacity for concentration, the internet according to Carr also affects the way of thinking. Carr clarify, "Today, in age of software, we have come to think them as operating "like computers." But the changes, neuroscience tells us, go much deeper than metaphor. Thanks to our brain's plasticity, the adaptation occurs also at a biological level." Much like the student,...
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