With technology giving us better methods of communication, modernized education and immediate answers to our every question, we use it on a daily basis with little comprehension of what is does to us; but is there a price to pay for that? As the Internet progressively becomes our primary source of information and the use of technology continues to increase, it is speculated that our neurological processes are changing. Although smartphones and other related mobile devices are seen as influential and efficient, it is now thought that these devices have a lasting negative impact on our ability to process information, think critically, remember clearly, and mostly, pay attention. With this new digital lifestyle making it difficult to stay focused on one thing at a time, the human attention span has shortened greatly in the last decade (Borreli). In his essay, “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, Nicholas Carr uses anecdotes, personal examples, and scientific studies to make the point that the Internet is affecting our critical thinking skills and ability to process information. In expansion from the argument that Carr makes to prove that the Internet is affecting certain mental abilities, it is important to question if and how technology and the Internet are also negatively impacting our attention spans.
As the population evolves to rely on a mobile Internet for most of their information, it is evident that many of our neurological processes are also changing.
It is a well-known fact that the Internet has become a central part of society, and it has completely changed every aspect of life for the human race, whether it is for better or worse. Nicholas Carr explains his thoughts on how the Internet has changed how people think in his article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” He believes that the human race is losing its ability to think deeply and is creating a distraction culture, and that companies like Google are working to increase this way of thinking. However, the issue of how the human brain is changing with the Internet is very complex, and the answer to this question goes beyond a simple yes or no.
In his essay “Does the Internet Make You Dumber?”, Nicholas Carr argues that technology leaves us unable to be as thorough in our previous mental abilities and distracts us, through changes to our mental pathways and biological mechanisms. Nicholas Carr uses the appeal of data, the frightening effects of living in the digital age, and his own conclusions from his exhaustive research to structure his examination.
“The Juggler’s Brain” is a chapter in The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains dives deep into the minds of people who regularly use the Web. The author Nicolas Carr writes about interviews, experiments, and other books that relate to his believe on the catastrophic damage the Internet does to our brains. He believes that the Internet is deteriorating our deep thinking abilities, which has impacted our true understanding of the topics we read into. In 2005 Carr interviewed Michael Merzenich about how the Internet is affecting the plasticity of our brains, which causes old neural bonds to break and new ones form. So already learned movements or thoughts will be lost and replaced with new ideas or techniques. Carr relates his opinion
Media and technology are permeating and changing every part of our lives, but are there consequences to these changes? Nicholas Carr questions if the Internet is helping people as much as it is believed to in his essay, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” With an increased reliance on the Internet, Carr has found patterns of shortened attention in himself and among others. Carr points out frightening changes occurring in human behavior and the workings of the brain that have now become evident in our society’s younger generation and could have devastating consequences.
In an article by Nicholas Carr, “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, the author is questioning the readers about the internet and making suggestions that the internet is changing how our brains operate. Throughout the article, the author's main point is to inform us about the negative effects of the internet on humans.
The internet can be great source of information, but it has a negative effect on the human brain. In Nicholas Carr’s essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, he describes how the internet has negatively effected his brain by stating, “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski” (Carr 733). The internet has a huge impact on the thinking process of the human brain and it is completely changing the human ability to concentrate for long periods of time, human reading skills, and the configuration of the brain.
Carr later goes on to say that our brains are being remodeled by the constant distractions and interruptions that the Internet supplies
In the Atlantic article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Nicholas Carr discusses the changes in a human’s thinking style and concentration ability that have occurred since they start depending on the internet for information. The author begins describing the new struggle that he is facing with reading lengthy texts. He indicates that this change is caused from spending a long time on the internet. Carr noted that this universal medium does not only provide endless benefits for the public, but also shapes the process of their thoughts. The internet is affecting human cognition; therefore, controls their brains, causes lack of capacity to concentrate, and disengages their ability to read, absorb, and interpret articles. The author is not the only
This day in age, technology is more present in our lives than it’s ever been. Every day we constantly check our phones, emails, tablets, and even smart watches. These devices have opened doors that we previously didn't even know existed. They are outlets to unlimited knowledge from all over the world. Although many people, including me, have grown up with these commodities, they are still extremely new. Home computers have only been mainstream for 20 years or so, while smartphones have only been mainstream for about 5 years! What all this leads itself to, is that we are just now able to observe the way this new technology and instant access to knowledge can affect our brain. Author, Nicholas Carr, believes that the world’s largest search engine, Google, has molded our brains to be incapable of deep thought, and that it also even makes us stupid.
One of the points the author focuses on is how technology poses a threat to our minds. In the article, Carr explains how his brain “now expects to have information the way the net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles” (4). This shows that our brains have been wired to obtain knowledge at a fast, almost instant pace, deterring users from reading books or even multiple paragraphs. This phenomenon was put to the test by a study from University College London, where data
Many internet users have found it easier to memorize locations or sites of information than the actual information. According to Carr, this fact has depleted human beings the ability to reason creatively and make complex decisions. However, it is also important to acknowledge that Internet has the capability of improving brain activities of the old and the young. At such ages, the brain cells become exhausted and incapable of processing information actively. Exposure to internet information has the potential to engage the brains into work, which rejuvenates reasoning, and decision-making
Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” explains the impact the Internet is having on his (and others) patience with in depth reading habits, and possibly the way their brain is processing information. The old days of having to spend hours researching a subject are long gone because of the Internet. Having such a powerful tool available at any time can be a good and bad thing wrapped up in the same package. Over the last couple decades, home computer and smartphone ownership has been on a steady rise with most homes now having multiple devices. Therefore, having unlimited information available at all times has become a reality.
Most of the teenagers present in the contemporary age own a myriad of different electronic items and gadgets. There is a theory that whenever a new gadget or item is used, the brain adapts and changes mental processes to accommodate to the new experiences. For example, when the internet began to become popular, the brain adapted by thinking faster. In addition, less and less teenagers enjoy reading lengthy novels, because they are used to the fast-paced browsing done on the internet. In the article, “Is Google Making us Stoopid?” author Nicholas Carr presents evidence to prove the internet has changed the way humans think.
The brain profits and becomes swift at comprehending with the help of technology. Researchers have found that people who actively use the web, become faster at sorting information (Matt Richtel 8). This research proves that the brains of internet users excel in understanding new topics. To add, people who use the web also have a very active brain. To illustrate, Dr. Small found that “...Internet users showed greater brain activity than nonusers, suggesting they were growing their neutral circuity” (Richtel 11). The brain is complex and needs to be fed; technology is doing exactly this. On the other hand, people argue that using the internet does not allow one to think on their own. Nicholas Carr and Peter Norrig believe along with many others that we will never process information as well as we should if we’re always using the Internet. Although this can be seen as true, there is no research to support this claim. Therefore, the brain can become more intuitive with the assistance of the
The article ‘Is Google Making Us Stupid?’ discusses in detail how technology has affected the human brain’s ability to read long passages. The author feels that the internet is bad for the brain. Nicholas Carr writes that he spends much of his leisure time from the Net. Carr feels like he can’t concentrate on the long passages of reading because his brain is used to the fast millisecond flow of the Net. ‘For more than a decade now, I’ve been spending a lot of time online, searching and surfing.’ (266) The supporting idea is that his mind now ‘expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it--in a swiftly moving streams of particles’ (227). His brain wants to think as fast as the internet goes.