Does Technology Affect Us Negatively? Essay

1348 Words Oct 17th, 2016 6 Pages
The topic of controversy for this essay is whether or not technology has a negative or positive affect on people. In order to help explain whether or not technology has a positive or negative affect on us there will be four articles that will be discussed within this essay. The first article is “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr, “The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens by Ferris Jabr, “Get Smarter” by Jamais Cascio, and “Technology Doesn’t Dumb Us Down. It Frees Our Minds” by Damon Darlin. Carr and Jabr’s articles say that technology does affect us negatively, while Cascio and Darlin say that technology affects us in a positive way. An interested, but uniformed person can learn most about this controversy by considering the places where people agree and the places where they disagree. Most people agree that technology does affect us in a negative way. Disagreement, however, appears over a number of issues. People tend to disagree about technology affecting us negatively. In the Carr’s article, he is saying that technology affects us in a negative way. He suggests, “what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles” (Carr 2). He is suggesting that we are no longer able to think deeply or focus on lengthy readings due to the influence of the Internet and modern day…

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