The usage of the net has given us instant access to vast amounts of information, and helps us to stay in touch with friends and colleagues. But our dependence on it has a dark side. The Internet, with its constant distractions and interruptions, is turning us into scattered and superficial thinkers. The accessibility of the Internet has changed the way we process information by reducing our concentration, has made unreliable information available, and has changed the way we interact with others. The Internet is changing our lives by making us process information differently from the way we processed information in the past.
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Furthermore, the web also impacts our memory as we take for granted the easy access to information, making search engines our personal transactive memories. This as the indirect effect of inflating our self-estimate of knowledge, although the information is not physically in stored in our brain. Lastly, the internet through social medias and applications pushes towards more insubstantial multitasking which affect our brain’s capacity to think and study properly, ultimately affecting our academic performance. These impacts of the internet can be seen in my personal life through self-reflection. As I spend more and more time on my phone reading multiple web articles, I do not take the time to truly read a book anymore.
As the pathway clearly direct us towards a road of online communication and interaction, we have to stop and wonder. Are all the benefits of Social Media actually worth all the risks it brings? As the current generation likes to argue that it brings people together and lets them collaborate much faster, closely behind their obvious plea lurks a scary truth to the impairment of psychological, economical and legal health. You probably noticed most teens these days spend exponential amounts of more time on their computer either doing homework, catching up on news or just relaxing on social sites such as Facebook or Youtube, and as you reflect back to your pre occupational life you'll probably smile at the rate of efficiency that contemporary technology has brought us. But as time passes, and the more time your child is on the computer you start to notice a scary trend.
The use of internet has increased and improved during the past years, it has become an essential part of our lives, Therefore many people depend on the internet for Communication, entertainment, answers to our questions and many times to make decisions for us. For some of us it affects the traditional way of things, in the text "Is Google Making Us Stupid by Nicholas Carr, Carr brings to light the positive and negative effects of internet use. Nicholas Carr Implies that the use of internet has made us lazy and has affected the way we process our thoughts, he effectively expresses the issue of the effects of internet and then support his debate with another argument of why internet use is beneficial. On the other hand in the text "Why I blog" by Andrew Sullivan, he only focuses on one aspect of the internet and his personal opinion of why he blogs. The internet affects users in many ways, we have become dependent on the internet, and it has become an important asset to our daily lives.
I don’t think and highly disagree that the internet or in this case Google is making us stupid, in fact it is only making us more efficient and as a society brings us together in many ways. It has helped us keep up with the busy and fast pace lifestyle we are living today. Although the internet has changed the way we behave as a whole it doesn’t necessarily means it has changed us for the worse. It’s a fact that human beings have been evolving since the beginning of our existence. We went from our simple nature of being cave men living in caves to civilized people living in homes, later adding furnishing and eating on tables, nothing likes our preexisting ancestors.