Is Sherry Turkle's Is Google Making USupid?

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As one of the 90’s kids, it was quite hard for me to believe that the existing circumstance of our civilization was all developed in less than 3 decades. We are exposed to the Internet in such a young age and grow up with it that we are automatically accustomed to it and deem the Internet as an essential of life. “How do people even live without the Internet?”, most of us wonder. The older generations, such as our parents and instructors, were born in a simpler era, completing their tasks manually and enjoying their lives in a more simplistic way. The civilization was aggrandized greatly in their 20’s and 30’s, the Internet suddenly came into their lives without any caution. The older generations encountered these enormous changes in their…show more content…
As Nicholas Carr reveals in “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, most people, including himself, are distracted from work due to the easy access of other (relevant) information and contents online. It appears harder for individuals to complete their tasks in this new era, especially for college students like us. Sherry Turkle, the author of “No Need to Call”, addresses another issue in her article. She realizes that social media and text messaging have replaced phone calls and face-to-face communication since it is less time-consuming and “protects” individuals from exposing themselves but the avatars. Bonds between individuals are weakened as a result, individuals fall into a state of being “connected” and “disconnected” at the same time. It isn’t really an exaggeration that one “dies” as his or her phone battery dies. Despite the revealing negative effects of technology, some people uphold positive view toward the development of technology. Kevin Kelly excitedly proclaims that robots should replace humans on current work positions and humans will discover new and more sophisticated tasks to do in “Better than Human”, expecting enormous advancements in the economy and life quality. However, I do not think he considers the possible outcome of the “take-over”. It can literally be a total take-over like the one we’ve always seen in novels or movies, like Asimov’s “I, Robot” (1950) or “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015).
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