Is Google Making Us Stupid?

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What was once filled with intricate plots, deep narrative, and creative thinking, is now replaced . . . wait . . . what were we talking about? Let me Google the answer really quick. Oh, too bad; the article is so long, I don’t want to read it all. I’ll just skim the text and hopefully we can piece something together. This scene can be played out in virtually anyone’s life nowadays. But, why? Why can one’s attention span be so short? Is this dangerous? Summary Nicholas Carr, Harvard alumni and member of Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial board of advisors, questioned the effects of search engines on our minds in his article to The Atlantic entitled, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” claiming that the use of search engines causes a loss of the ability to deeply read and as therefore causes our minds to lose the ability to process information. He used personal stories to depict the apparent change in his and others ' minds from having the ability to "read deeply," to habitually skimming over the text in an effort to hastily extract information. Specifically targeting the leaders of the Google search engine - whom he said believe that, "Ambiguity is not an opening for insight but a bug to be fixed," - he related several causal reasons as to why the engines affect our minds negatively. He used a study on online research habits from the University College London to stress the point that people conducting research tend to read "no more than one or two pages of an article or book

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