Is The Internet Making Us Stupid

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Is the internet really making us stupid? That’s the question that many people in our society are asking these days, and we all have our different opinions. In my opinion, and in the opinion of many writers such as Nicholas Carr, in his essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, and Nathan Jurgenson, in his article “Pics and It Didn’t Happen”, the internet is making us lazy by the minute. It distracts us from the things we need to do, and has also downgraded our intelligence. Indeed, the internet has been a blessing and it has helped us in many ways, such as helping our society to grow, communicating us with far away family members, helping us with researchers, and most of all it has given us a voice. However, in the same way it has affected us in positive ways it has affected us in negative ways. One of the ways it has affected us is in the way we’re thinking. Therefore, the internet has made all our lives easier, but at a price.
Although the internet has only been around for twenty years, it has become very hard to imagine a life without it. We are constantly using it in our everyday life. At school, work, and home. We use it to “be foraging in the Web’s info-thickets reading and writing emails, scanning headlines and blog posts, watching videos and listening to podcasts, or just tripping from link to link to link.” (Carr, 3). It has become such a big part of our everyday life that not being able to connect with it feels like living in the desert. Not just that but it has taught us how to do things in different ways, such as studying.
Some years ago, students would go to libraries pick a book and read it to support their research, which would take hours. But today it’s different. In today's civilization, just by a click of a bottom students have the information they need to do their homework. In a matter of seconds, they find what they are looking for, skim through it and they are done. In Nicholas Carr’s article, “Is google making us stupid”, he wrote “Research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes.” (3) in other words, nowadays the effort put into a student’s piece of work, is a ten out of a one hundred ratio, their own work.
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