Argumentative Essay On The Google Effect

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The Internet holds infinite knowledge, answers, information, and entertainment; ultimately, the entire world in just one search engine, otherwise known as the World Wide Web. Constantly, mindlessly, and subconsciously we use the Internet, almost as if it’s become our second nature. Most of society finds gratification on instant information, now; “the average number of Google searches per day has grown from 9,800 in 1998 to over 4.7 trillion today” (Academicearth). We perceive this as a positive aspect as technology has improved drastically over the years, however, society may be ignoring the fact how the Internet is changing the way we think. Although the Internet may have positive attributes, studies have found that the “Google effect” is …show more content…
No one can deny that the Internet has become an important part of society. The debate to whether the Internet changes the way we think is controversial. Nicholas Carr, the writer of the book “The Shallows” essentially believes our dependence on the Internet is damaging our concentration. During Nicholas Carr’s research for his book “The Shallows”, he noticed a drastic change in his …show more content…
As a matter of fact, an article from Scientific American found that “The Internet is becoming the brain’s external drive” (Huffington). Since we know thousands of answers can be found on the Internet, no matter what the case is, we have conditioned ourselves not store information in our brain, but instead, to lean on Google to obtain, remember, and receive information. Similarly, according to Erik Fransen, a computer science professor at Sweden’s Institute of Technology, he believes “even a single session of Internet usage can make it more difficult to file away information in your memory” (Huffington). Fransen’s statement is interesting of how he explains because of the amount of information we are reading, analyzing, and interpreting, our brain simply can’t keep a record of all of it. Not only is this damaging to our concentration, it is jeopardizing our long-term memory. To explain, since the information we are obtaining on the Internet only stays in our conscious mind, only allowing it to store in short-term memory, we aren’t using our long-term memory as much. In turn, our long-term memory slowly becomes dull. Although the Internet might seem like an easy fix to our problems, provided that we literally have all the knowledge through it, it does absolutely nothing for us when we are away from the Internet. In fact, we are far less likely to

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