Does The Internet Making USarter By Nicholas Carr

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Does the internet make us smarter or dumber is a question that has been asked more frequently, especially when referring to my generation. In Nicholas Carr’s article “Does the Internet Making Us Smarter or Dumber?” he adamantly believes that the internet is in fact making us dumber with its various distractions, hindering cognitive development, and affecting our knowledge retention. He supports his belief with studies such as the one conducted at a university where students were divided and only half were allowed to use their computers during class while the others were not (Carr,22) . The outcome showed that those who did not use the internet did better on the tests (22). After reading this article it made me ask the question myself and I believe that the internet is making me smarter in certain ways and dumber in others.
The internet definitely has its ways of making me dumber. With the it being so infinite in its wisdom it cuts back the necessity for me to have think deeply about things. For example, I remember an instance back in high school where we had to read the Shakespeare play Macbeth and then come to class ready the next day for a quiz after every act, but me being a busy high school student I did not always have the time to sit
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Using the internet is still good and helps make me smarter. It informs me about things going on in other areas of the world that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to get knowledge about by just talking to a stranger on the street. It can also be used as in enforcer on information that I previously learned in the classroom. Like right now in my history class my instructor teaches us something in the class and then she reinforces it by sending us videos on YouTube that break down our lesson into a cartoon which really helps me a times because I am a visually learner. Sometimes just reading something out of a book does not make the information
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