Is the Internet Taking over Teenagers?

809 WordsNov 24, 20114 Pages
INTERNET TAKING OVER YOUNG MINDS How much time do we have left before technology completely takes over our mind? Or has it already? We are told it is changing our brains, our thinking, and our learning. Few people are as concerned as Nicholas G. Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to Our Brains, of how badly the internet is affecting us mentally. The book being a recent finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize Awards. In one of Carr’s articles, written for The Atlantic Magazine, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?: What the Internet is doing to our brains", speaking from a personal experience he says, “My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not…show more content…
One thinks, ‘Why waste time reading the whole story when the internet can provide all that we need quickly.’ This can be a positive or a negative to a person 's way of thought.” His girlfriend, Maria, says that she can see how the internet is affecting people around her, especially Naythin. “Yes, some people can’t do anything without some type of technology. That’s sad because we are becoming dumber by the day. We’re relying on technology too much.” Today technology is becoming an addiction to many people. “Once I receive something on my Blackberry, I usually check it right away depending on if I am busy or not” says Naythin. We’ve come across the border line where it was okay to use the internet for a while. Now, it’s becoming a necessity to many. The internet has affected the amount of reading people did in the early ages. Today, people just skim through the pages. Even when people go online to try and find information, they can’t stand too many words. When they come across a long article, some try to identify key words to find what they’re looking for quickly; others will exit the page and search for shorter answers. In 1997, Jakob Nielsen did a study on reading online and how it is affecting today’s youth. In this study, he found that people took in hundreds of pages in a pattern that 's very different from what you learned in
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