how technology affects us

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Technology has a big influence on our daily lives. Electronic devices, multimedia and computers are things we have to deal with everyday. The Internet is the world’s largest network and is used extensively throughout the world. It has tremendous potential and a lot to offer in terms of services. 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. 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. Because of this, people who read on the Internet comprehend less than those who read words printed on pages. Due to the availability of the Internet, we think less deeply and rely on quick facts, versus using critical thinking and research. The Internet has become a universal medium to access information, but at the same time, it’s affecting our ability to read books and other long narra...

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...pinion. This tends to result in people becoming less tolerant of different beliefs from their own. As a result people are becoming much more extreme in what they believe. If technology continues to grow at the rapid pace it has, we will most likely read books even less than we already are and the Internet will be more of a primary source.

Works Cited

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