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
In this concern, views on the impact of Internet vary consistently. On the one hand, Internet is recognized as a valuable intermediate, which helps users to share and broadcast information easily. But, another view on the impact of internet, that Internet is noticed as a threat to the social life and identity of individuals because it engages users changing their life online and leaving less time for real world social relations. In real life, it is obvious that Internet does have the impact on the way users think but this impact can hardly be discovered in a day, but, in its place, it is a long lasting process which may have negative effects because of the information overload and negative behavioral changes, such as distraction, the lack of ability to concentrate on one issue and others. The negative impact of Internet on behavioral changes in users In fact, internet has a considerable impact on the behavior of individuals and their way of thinking.
Nowadays, the popularities of the internet do change people’s life and even influence the strategy of a company. The article “Strategy and the Internet” authored by Michael Porter presents a few constructive opinions towards companies using the Internet for business that tells company should not lose the focus on building strategic development and competitive advantage. In the article, Michael Porter demonstrated that “the Internet is an extremely important technology, but it has made it difficult for companies to remain profitable over an extended time period”. (Porter, 2001) And internet leads many businesses “distort their market signals and competitive advantage”. (Porter, 2001) It is obvious that company tend to different from other which only focus on price strategies rather than through traditional methods of differentiation.
Carr mentions in the book that new technology is destroying the way that humans think, and is making us lose ourselves a little. As reported by Carr the internet has a great impact on what we do in the present-day. The internet has a big hit on today’s youth due to the evidence that it’s making life easier and requires less work to retain information. Further through the book Carr makes good arguments on how the internet changes our mind. Carr wants us to deeply reflect on the effects that the increase in technology has had on our brains, our social lives, and our ways of thinking about knowledge.
To some this unchecked freedom of information on the Internet is viewed as a threat to democracy. Yet, democracy thrives on free speech and public discourse and because of this the Internet is not a threat to democracy. There are several points that those who argue that the Internet is a threat to democracy use to validate their claim. One is the decline of professional journalism. As the Internet has grown in popularity, people have been obtaining more of their news online than from newspapers or television.
Nicholas Carrs article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” makes points that I agree with, although I find his sources to be questionable. The article discusses the effects that the Internet may be having on our ability to focus, the difference in knowledge that we now have, and our reliance on the Internet. The points that are made throughout Carrs article are very thought provoking but his sources make them seem invaluable. Carr discusses the effects that the Internet has on our minds and the way we think, as well as the way media has changed. Our minds no longer focus.
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.
In the case of Steven Pinker, his essay “Mind over Mass Media” argues that media technologies have a positive effect on mental development. In contrast, Sherry Turkle’s essay “Connectivity and Its Discontents” asserts that technology has a negative effect on interpersonal relationships. Although Pinker makes many excellent points on how technology is improving intelligence and Turkle provides exceptional ideas of how technology is damaging to relationships, neither Pinker nor Turkle provides the best answer to this question due to their lack of credibility and inclusion of logical fallacies. Instead, we should, while aware of the risks and dangers of social networking, use the Internet to its full potential. In his essay “Mind over Mass Media,” Steven Pinker proposes that media technologies are beneficial to mental development.
In neurology it is a mistake to think that more “stimulation” is better as it is not a measurement of learning. Actually, it is the Internet’s very stimulation that distracts. According to Carr the extra burden of decision-making that hypertext demands of readers impairs reading performanc... ... middle of paper ... ...lnesses has yet to be seen. In the mean time, an understanding of how the Internet affects our minds could lead to a minimizing of its damage. At the very least people who read online or opt to buy an e-book version of their favorite paperback should be aware of the tradeoffs that they are making.
Ngoc Ho Henna Ahmed ENGL 1301-81029 09/13/2017 Is Google Making Us Stupid? Humans are living in the digital decade, generating the variety of media technologies to provide human the convenient information access. Nicolas Carr, an author of many books concerning technology and culture, expressed his skepticism about how the Internet impacts to human beings in the article: “Is Google making us stupid?”. Carr claims that the Internet has been changing the way human beings process information lowering the capacity for concentration and contemplation (Carr). Contrary to Carr’s argument, I have the positive perspective that the internet helps us smarter and people should concern about how they use the Internet instead of blaming this versatile tool