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
However if there are others that believe it’s more about a hindrance than a help, because of the way it distracts people. Are people depending too much on the internet? The book Shallows; What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr, discusses different forms of technology and how they are developing and starting to affect humans in different ways. The use of the internet has gained more popularity than ever over the past ten years. Carr mentions in the book that new technology is destroying the way that humans think, and is making us lose ourselves a little.
There are many theories regarding the Internet today and whether it is actually providing benefit to our world, or causing more problems than its worth. The more we progress the more others, it seems, are left behind. The Internet truly has its positive aspects. From instant information at ones fingertips to the ability to communicate across the world at the cost of a local phone call, one can easily argue that the Internet has improved our world. But as in many cases, the negative aspects of a modern innovation are more easily exploited by those who consciously or not, are destroying our environment.
Addiction to phones, overuse of the internet, and negative influences of media are three of the many unfavorable effects of technology on humanity. A significant role that technology has played in the human life is that it has caused people to use the internet often. Due to the advancement in technology, the internet has become a place where people can acquire any type of information that they need. This makes people rely on the internet whenever they need information and causes them to think narrowly about what the actual information that they are looking for is. The internet has caused people to become dumber and shallower thinkers.
The internet provide you the opportunity to do thing faster and more connection to others, yet the internet also affect your personal privacy. Privacy is important to everyone. He concludes his point and his survey seems to fit with Dave Egger’s novel: “the Internet use led to negative outcomes for the individual user, such as increases in depression and loneliness, and neglect of existing close relationships” (Bargh 580). For instance, Mae transparent affect
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.
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. Nicholas Carr Explains how internet has affected him, he states "They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. And what the net seems to be doing is chipping away our capacity for concentration and contemplation"(610 Carr). We use the internet in everyday life, it has been a quick and effective way to problem solve, we depend on the internet so we don’t have to sit and thoroughly think through our thoughts and problems. We start to lack concentration on readings because of the easy access to summarizations on the internet like "Spark notes", we have become lazier each day because of the conveniences of the internet.
The rising use of social media is also beginning to negatively affect people’s thought processes; we are losing the ability to think critically, perpetuating belief perseverance and confirmation bias. As people surf the web, they increasingly build a repertoire of beliefs based on the information they relate to. Often they will choose to believe false information simply because it follows the pattern of their preconceived notions. This leads us to a burning question: Is the Internet dumbing us down? As technology is developing at faster rates than ever, the Internet is proving to be quite the wonder.
The Invisible Side of the Internet In the developing world with the raising rate of the internet user, the internet has been becoming an inseparable part of people’s lives. As the internet is concerned with its side effects in the lives, it deprives them of their possessions like good relationship with others, creativity skill and the time that they have, and makes them have psychological illness like social-phobia and depression. In fact, it endangers their privacy. Therefore, people should be aware of the threads of the internet. Even though the internet seem to be beneficial, it can be the source of crucial issues in people’s lives.
Americans’ Overdependence on the Internet Americans’ over-dependence on the internet is causing more harm than good. Technological advancement, coupled with our easy access to virtual life through computers, cell phones, iPods among others has introduced us into a new era of extreme livelihood and lifestyle; we have gradually expanded internet use to do most of our activities of daily living for us. This growing trend in internet obsession has led to increase in online sexual predators, social withdrawal, Internet fraud and health issues. This social stigma if left unchanged will lead to further deterioration in our emotional, physical and social wellbeing. This paper will take the position that our overly use of the Internet has caused more harm than good.