Is Google Making Us Stupid? Essay

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People have been so affected by the internet’s web, and have gotten themselves tangled in it. Humanity would be nothing like the way it is today without the internet. I have withdrawals when I don’t have access to the internet, it’s become ingrained into who I am. Nicholas Carr’s essay Is Google Making Us Stupid? provides us with a different viewpoint than our own. Carr, and the people he includes as anecdotes in his essay, are mostly writers. They use the internet for research on a daily basis, and have experienced a ‘falling out’ with reading. They find themselves skimming through writings which they previously would have dove into wholeheartedly, which is very similar to my recent experiences with reading. The internet is akin to many historical technological advances, such as the typewriter or the clock, which have changed the way people think. We shouldn’t depend on a computer for knowledge, we should be finding information and retaining it, not skimming through something only to have to go back and re-skim later. If you only look at the surface, you’ll only see the surface. You can’t make deep connections if you’re only brushing over an article. Carr makes a poignant statement in his essay about shallow reading, “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.”. I relate to that quote to an extent. As a child I would spend all of my time reading, I wouldn’t put a book down until I finished it. Now as I’ve grown, I…

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