Has Technology Really Made Our Brains Lazy? Essay

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Has technology really made our brains lazy? According to the story, “Wordkeepers,” by Aimee Bender, and article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” by Nicholas Carr, we are relying more and more on technology. Having access to the internet, emails, texting, etc., has decoded trained our brains to depend on them. Now that the majority of the world owns cellular phones, they have become hand held computers. Having the capabilities of these devices in our possession throughout the day, it is easy for us to become addicted because everything we need is in the palm of our hands. We no longer need to rush to a close by computer, or see each other face to face to have a conversation. When was the last time we actually had to remember a phone number or an important date? The growth to technology have negatively impacted how people communicate with each other. Text messages, emails, and video calls have diminished the intimacy of face to face interactions.
In the story, “Wordkeepers,” it discusses the contrasts neighbors, one of whom loves and is obsessed by words and their correct usage, while the other seems to be losing his facility with them, and the impact this has on their relationship. In the story, people can no longer remember common words because they’re so used to letting phones and computers do their thinking and remembering for them. It says, “I can’t remember the words of things. The words for words. I have lost my words. What’s this from? Is it the internet? Texting?…

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