Media Affect Our Lives

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There has been countless studies measuring how much new forms of media, such as the internet and cellular devices, affect the way we live. Some argue that these relatively new forms of media are affecting the way we live in a bad way. That they’re making us numb to our surroundings and ignorant of the mental capabilities that they’re taking from us. Others argue that these new forms of media are actually a change for the better. The tools these new forms of media are bringing to us heavily outweigh the negative aspects that come with it. This issue is brought up by Nicholas Carr in his book The Shallows when he writes that Karp, Friedman, and Davis all say that the mental abilities that they have lost due to the internet, such as sitting still …show more content…
A technological advancement and another step in human evolution. It is no different than any other societally changing tool that has come into our lives. Other tools, such as maps or the clock, are prime examples of this point. Maps were invented for the purpose of navigation - to get people from one place to another without becoming lost. The clock was created to give humans a more precise way to measure time. As Carr puts it, “the mechanical clock had become commonplace, a near-universal tool for coordinating the intricate workings of the new urban society” (Carr 43) These inventions greatly increased the productivity of the human race. They helped people get from one place to another in a timely fashion. The internet is an extremely useful tool- just like the map or the clock- for dramatically increasing opportunities for communication for everyone. Carr also writes, “Every technology is an expression of human will. Through our tools, we seek to expand our power and control over our circumstances - over nature, over time and distance…” (Carr 44) The internet is no different. It is simply a tool. The internet’s ability to bring humanity together and drastically increase communication between people is priceless. With it people are able to send messages and share information within seconds for everyone to see. They are able to look up any information they want at any time. The map is a tool for navigation, the clock a tool for time …show more content…
One thing is for sure though, the internet isn’t going away. On that note, however, the internet is sure to bring even more useful tools to the human race. In 2014 Bridget Shirvell found some information on this topic. She found that Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and Edon University brought some predictions over the future of the internet and what it will be like 10 years from now. They predicted that the internet will become so integrated into our lives that it will be “invisible”. Like electricity itself, less visible and more important in everyday life. They also predicted artificial intelligence will become integrated and make people more aware of the world and their own behavior. They also wrote, “The spread of the internet will enhance global connectivity, fostering more positive relationships among societies.” (Shirvell) These are just a few of the many ways that the internet will continue to change our lives for the

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