Is Google Making USupid By Nicholas Carr

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Year by year, day by day, and minute by minute, machines are expanding. They have grown so much that this day in age, everyone is technology-dependent. The simplest tasks have become broken in our minds and we almost always use technology as our crutch. Both scientists and the average person have played a part in making technology what it is today. Whether it's an astronaut using a robot arm in outer space or your neighbor, using their GPS to find their way to work, nearly everyone on Earth uses some form of computer operator daily. There is no telling how much technology has grown in the past century, and the possibilities for its expansion in the next century are indefinite. An extensive number of worrisome people ponder if the human …show more content…

After reading Nicholas Carr's article Is Google Making Us Stupid? I still agree with my original claim, although not so much on the topic that robots will purposely hurt us; that is for a different discussion. Carr's article includes evidence about how Google is hurting our brain more than helping it. Carr explains his own experiences before technology became the center of our world. He describes the lengthy books he used to read and how he used to dive into them. His words are, "my mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski" (Carr 315). Once technology arose, he admits to not being able to read long books or articles anymore, admitting that he only skims due to his reduced attention span. Aside from reading, Google is making information more accessible. Some argue that with a sea of information at our fingertips, we are infinitely powerful. While it is mind boggling to think of the possibilities we have with technology, our minds are becoming lazy due to it. Our brains are no longer faced with challenges of finding information, therefore our brains no longer feel the "rewarding sense". Carr also brings up the fact that "...we may well be reading more today than we did in the 1970s or 1980s, when television was our medium

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