Is Google Making Us Stupid? Essay

1280 Words Jan 26th, 2016 null Page
How Beneficial Is Google?
As technology progresses, many people are now becoming skeptical and concerned about the effects of easy access information on the human mind. One of the first to write on this arising issue is Nicholas Carr, the author of “Is Google Making Us Stupid”. He believes that the excessive use of the internet fosters psychological trouble. It is evident that our ability to interpret text and retain the meaning of simple and complex words are now more than ever at risk. Carr suggest that the more we read and obtain information through search engines, text messages, and things of that medium, the less able we are to process and acknowledge deeper ideas (Carr 317). The quantity over quality principle does not apply here. It is to the misdirection of people’s opinion that because we are reading more than we ever have before, we are smarter. That is not the case. Carr believes that the quality of the information we intake is no better than us just skimming through the lines, trying to get straight to the point. Similar to what Google is indirectly training us to do. I intend to show how, with the aid Carr’s evidence, our minds are unknowingly being programmed to work within the syntax of a machine, like a search parameter.
Another argument presented in Carr’s article is that we are not reading for comprehension, but rather for information. According to Bruce Friedman, “I now have almost lost the ability to read and absorb a longish article on the web or in…

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