Online Reading On One's Mind In The Shallows By Nicholas Carr

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The use of technology is increasing with each new generation we reach. Newer, more advanced devices are created, making paper a fleeting necessity. This can be viewed as positive or negative in many different ways. Nicholas Carr explores the effects of online reading on one’s mind in The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Through the explanation of many experiments and tests, Carr gets across the point that online reading is a gateway to distractions and interrupted learning: thoughts are scattered and information is not fully retained. He admits that the Internet is a useful tool, but as much as it helps us, it can also hurt us. While reading online the mind is tempted with links and advertisements making it difficult to completely focus on the information you visited that website specifically for. Not only does this interrupt the mind’s thought process, but it could completely shift a thought process to a whole new topic. This leads to a lessened retention of information and an unclear idea of what was just read. In addition to interrupting the learning process, the Internet also creates a lack of social interaction. People turn to social media as their means of communication. The term “social media” …show more content…
Online reading can lead to distracted learning, interruption of thoughts and lower retention rates. Despite the many benefits of Internet use, it should be limited in school so students can learn to the highest of their abilities with fluidity and minimal deviation and interference. Carr also made many insightful points on the disruption of social interaction due to the increase in social media use. In conclusion, even though the Web has had many favorable effects on society and learning, it can also be a distracting tool in the curious minds of young

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