“Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

“Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. ” As Nicholas Carr mentioned this in the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” I find that I can agree with this statement. As I read the article I found that I allowed myself to become distracted. With out realizing it, I ended up clicking on a hyperlink because it seemed interesting. This is exactly what is mentioned in the article, “hyperlinks don’t merely point to related works; they propel you toward them.”  When it came to analyzing and interpreting the message I noticed that perhaps I too have the same problem. Engaging in a lengthy article doesn’t seem as easy as it used to be, many people struggle with the same thing.  In a time where information is given  quickly by technology, as the reciever  is it really a problem that we want answers right away?

How can one have the patience to scroll through pages on the web and not get distracted by hyperlinks or ads? For instance Google, it is the number one source to look for information and on Google there are many advertisements. As soon as you click on one, you are directed to a different site. I feel that this has taken a toll on peoples’ mind. Our attention span is not what it used to be. We’ve become so dependent on technology that, we are lazy as thinkers.   As a response to the quote by Nicholas Carr “Certainly if you had all the world’s information, you’d be better off.” I do think  we have access to a lot of information already. In a way it can seem as if it’s attached to our brain. All we have to do is Google it. However, Google does not have all the information in the world and if it did, I don’t think we would be better off, simply because there’s plenty of information that’s  better off not sharing.

1) Carr, Nicholas “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/6868/

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