Article Review : Is Google Making Us Stupid?

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What effect does modern digital technology have on individuals who rely on it heavily in their everyday lives? Innovations such as video games, internet search engines, and online databases receive great praise as well as great criticism depending on who answers this question. Nicholas Carr and Steven Johnson have both written pieces stating their opinions on technology’s effect on the human brain. Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” explains how accessing information quickly and easily through search engines like Google negatively alters the way people seek and read information and think. Johnson’s book “Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter” covers the positive attributes of digital technology, video games in particular. He explains how video games are intellectually stimulating and help develop complex skills. Digital technology has interesting effects on the different processes of our mind. In the days before computers and the internet, research for occupational and personal purposes was mostly done in a library. Libraries house thousands of books and articles filled with information about any topic imaginable. But even with aisles labelled by genre and organized with the Dewey Decimal System, it would take someone anywhere from several hours to several days to find the specific information they needed. While public libraries are still available for people to use today, many prefer the speed and efficiency of

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