Are Children Smarter Because the Internet Essay

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Are children smarter (or more socialized) because of the Internet? In the world today, technology is everywhere, and the Internet is a major part of our lives. Almost everything we do in our daily lives has to do with the computer or some sort of technology in one way or another. Children now a days are starting to use technology at younger age. There are a lot of children with tablets or iPods, which they use daily. So this brings to mind, are children smart or more socialized because of the internet? With children of all ages using the internet on daily basis, are they learning or just using it to socialize with other friends? According to 2005 Pew Research Center report, 87% of 12-17 year olds are online. That is a 24% increase…show more content…
By engaging their brains in more complex tasks at a younger stage in their lives, toddlers are improving cognition and critical review skills, and displaying a more advanced understanding of both virtual and real worlds. There is a whole other side to this question also, that the information on the internet has always been readily available, so what is it about the internet that is making children smarter. If it has always been available and they did not make the effort to use it then, they are not going to use it now. In a way the internet can also be a distraction to children because the social media sites are easily accessible. They say children are not able to retain as much information as before because the internet has such easy access to questions. So students/children are not taking their time and giving thought into their projects. Its so easy to just look up an answer and pop it in, than to give it thought and personal reflection. And if the students are just using Google, than are they really retaining the knowledge they are seeking? “Google Annual Search Statistics.” Statistic Brain. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2013. Sparrow, B, J Liu, and D M. Wegner. “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips.” Science. 333.6043 (2011): 776-778. Print. “Smartphones Account for Half of

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