Age of Internet

1323 Words Oct 23rd, 2012 6 Pages
The Age Of The Internet
The Internet could be impacting the way our brains think more than thought possible in the 21st century. When I say the Age of the Internet, I am not merely talking about the effects of the Internet. With the Internet, came many new technological improvements. Technology plays a major role in our lives way more than ever before. We are constantly staring at screens, always in touch with one another, and rely on it heavily in our daily lives. Almost all of us carry a piece of it in our pocket and use it like we use oxygen. If not, then we're staring at a screen. Our generation is among the first to have a major role in whom the Age of the Internet actually affects. We have grown up, literally, in front of a screen.
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The idea that new technology is changing the way we think is not only a modern view. Still focusing on the CQ Researcher article, about half way through the article, Powers writes in Hamlet's BlackBerry that "Even in ancient Greece, people worried about what the latest technology was doing to their minds." The article points out that many of the greatest philosophers in the past worried about the new invention of writing. They believed it would damage memory and society. What they failed to realize was what the benefits could be. We now know these benefits to be of the upmost importance, as we rely on many written things today, such as books. Could this be the same role we face today? Many of today's leading experts are worried about how this new technology could hurt the way we think. However, there seems to be far too many beneficial qualities to this new era of technology that makes this rapid growth seem somewhat unstoppable.
Even though the benefits are outstanding, there are inevitable consequences to this new technology. As mentioned in the article "Attached to Technology and Paying a Price" by Matt Richtel in The New York Times, some scientists believe that multi-tasking affects our ability to focus. Scientists say that having multiple windows open, listening to music, checking your e-mail, and other incoming sorts of information can change how we think and possibly behave. "The stimulation provokes excitement - a
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