Technology And Technology

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Technology negatively affects the way our brains process information. In Jeffery Sachs “A Nation of Vidiots,” Sachs states that many neuroscientist believe that “TV is rewiring heavy viewers’ brains and impairing their cognitive capacities.” (113) In his writing, he describes how reliance on TV has impaired our ability to think critically and become engaged in conversation. The less we use our minds to analyze and think about topics, the harder it becomes to engage in deep thought for a long period of time. Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” lists a few examples of people they know, who now find it hard to focus on a text for a long amount of time. (96) These people, Carr stated, used to be avid readers themselves, but after relying on Google and internet searches for a long amount of time, find it difficult to become immersed in a book or article like they used to. Having answers handed to us through internet sources hurts our attention spans. Where at one time a person would need to spend hours searching a library and looking through books, they can now just type their topic into an internet browser and receive instant results. Because of how little time it takes to look for and find things, our attention spans have been tailored for instant gratification. People are finding it harder to focus on one topic or situation for an extended amount of time, as is shown in Carr’s work. Becoming used to quick gratification can hurt a person’s ability to think
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