Is Google Making Us Stupid?

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The Web provides a convenient and compelling supplement to personal memory, but when we start using the web as a substitute for personal memory, bypassing the inner processes of consolidation, we risk emptying our minds of their riches.” Throughout history technology has changed the way people see the world. As the internet is becoming more and more demanding and our primary source for information, it is also affecting our ability to read any sort of medium. In Carr’s article “Is Google making us stupid?” he believes just that. Carr introduces his idea of how the internet is changing our lives by having us heavily rely on the internet rather than us using our brain. Carr opens the article with a description of “Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey”. Carr no longer enjoys reading books of any sort of length because he can no longer concentrate. He feels and acknowledges that the more time he spends online affects his mental capabilities. Carr refers to the net as a “conduit for most of the information that flows through his eyes, ears, and, mind”. Carr believes that the internet makes us less profound due to its simplicity and, elaborates on how we can just ask a simple question and don’t have to go through the tedious process of finding it out. Carr says we no longer have to analyze and understand information, but heavily rely on the internet to give us answers. “The simplicity and easiness of finding an answer is changing deep thought, to shallow thinking”. Carr goes on

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