As time progresses, more and more advances in technology are coming about. These advances are readily placing information at the hands of the consumer. People are relying on the internet and technological advances for things that used to be only completed manually. As a result many people argue that these advances are adhering to society’s desire to be lazy but, researchers are finding the exact opposite. Our minds are literally changing and the way we think about information is becoming simpler.
It is common to notice that the internet has rewired our brain into multitasking much more than before. However, it was concluded after numerous studies that this kind of digital multitasking does not make us smarter or more swift in our activities, but quite on the contrary negatively impacts our academic performance. A more scientific aspect of why our brain is affected by the large sea of information that is available to us is touched upon by Eric Jaffe. The writer explains that “the barrage of new media distractions is placing new demands on cognitive processing, and especially on attention allocation […] While cause-and-effect is difficult to parse here, in some sense it doesn’t matter. If all this digital media is causing people to multi-task
Answers are what make the world go round. Everyone loves answers because they give people gratification. Luckily, today we have a whole database of answers. This database is more commonly known as the Internet. Although the Internet is an amazing tool for research, the Internet can negatively affect how we learn and how we obtain answers.
I feel that I was a stronger reader and had better study habits when I read print and now that we read online it has affected me negatively. Although reading online or finding information online may be easier, I feel as if it has made me lazy and has shortened my attention span. Carr also called the Internet is a “chronic distraction.” While researching for his book, he noticed changes in his behavior. For example Carr says “I'd sit down with a book, or a long article, and after a couple of pages my brain wanted to do what it does when I'm online: check e-mail, click on links, do some Goggling, hop from page to page." I can relate to this because I have a Twitter, Facebook, and Instagr... ... middle of paper ... ...he Internet has altered the way we see text and how we read it.
Better Learning Through Modern Technology In his article, “Does the Internet Make You Dumber?” Nicholas Carr criticizes the Internet and its role in turning the world into shallow zombies incapable of concentrating on one simple task, much less incapable of multitasking. I respectfully disagree with Mr. Carr. When used strictly for entertainment purposes yes, it can be. When used to teach and learn, it is a very useful tool. The Internet can open up the world to those that may never have a chance to see most of it.
The Internet is changing our lives by making us process information differently from the way we processed information in the past. In the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet is doing to our brains" by Nicholas Carr, he finds the Web to be a valuable tool, but he thinks it's having a bad effect on his concentration. Carr finds that people are losing concentration easier than before, and instead of reading material, they are skimming through it (Carr 58). This may be due to web pages being studded with links and people skipping over important text.
Nicholas Carr adequately, addressed the issue and personally it rang true that the internet is making us lazy, Carr thoroughly explained and argued different points of view of how the use of internet has been beneficial and how it has affected people. From Andrew Sullivan personal experiences it proved Carr’s issue because it showed the many distractions of the internet, it has been a part of how he blogs and the reason he blogs. As technology improves and increases the lazier we get because the less dependent we get on reading, books and critical thinking
The web allows us to do things in less time, however, it causes older, slower ways of doing things seem harder, and more out of reach. Steven Johnson said that even writing down a note on a piece of paper feels strained, he has to think about it before he does it. Writing an entire book by hand is odd and would feel like shooting Citizen Kane with a camcorder. Handwriting and other basic, old skills are declining due to technology. Handwriting is now turning into an erratic, anonymous scrawl of someone just learning to write ( Source
He found that his “concentration often [started] to drift after two or three pages” and it was a struggle to go back to the text (Carr 732). His assertion is that the neural circuits in his brain have changed as a result of surfing endlessly on the internet doing research. He supports this statement by explaining how his fellow writers have had similar experiences in being unable to maintain their concentrations. In analyzing Carr’s argument, I disagree that the internet is slowly degrading our capacity for deep reading and thinking, thereby making us dumber. The Web and Google, indeed, are making us smarter by allowing us access to information through a rapid exchange of ideas and promoting the creativity and individualization of learning.
Finding answers on Google is so easy it holds us back from being able to sit down and read something to find out for ourselves. The second article “Small Change: Why The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted” takes a deeper look into the effects on gathering through the Internet comparing revolution times to present day times. Rhetorically both essays have some similarities and differences. As you look at the use of ethos, pathos and logos you can see how it affects the audience and what the purpose of these articles are. In “Is Google Making Us Stupid” Carr uses ethos to talk about how we use Google now and it has affected our ability to read through long articles and hold our attention, even though his article is one of the longer ones.