The Internet Affects Our Mind?

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It has become common today to dismiss the idea that the internet is diminishing our train of thought. In discussions of the internet, one controversial issue has been about how the internet affects how we learn, think and even how we act. On the one hand, critics like Kevin Kelly would agree that it simply gives us information faster without the delay of reading. On the other hand, Nicholas Carr, Marshall McLuhan, and Stanley Kubrick would contend that it is making us simple minded. Although I agree that the internet is useful up to a point, I can 't accept the overwhelming assumption that it is making us stupid. In Nicholas Carr 's essay Is Google Making Us Stupid, he states, “What the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity …show more content…
In his paper, he quoted Stanley Kubrick for his prophecy, “As we rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it will be our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence”. We must rethink how we use the internet. I agree that it is useful to a certain extent, but I do not believe we should be using it to teach us. When writing on the topic of the Internet Brooke Gladstone used the word homophily, this means that it shapes our minds. In her illustrated essay, The Influencing Machines she said, “Instinctively we drift toward people like ourselves, flocking together like birds of a feather”. An online textbook is one thing, but nowadays when someone has trouble with homework or car troubles, their first thought is to Google it or YouTube it. When you use the internet to search for the information you find yourself trying to read but there is more information showing like pop-ups and ads. In another essay by Carr, he said, “The internet is an interruption system. It seizes our attention only to scramble it”. In my opinion, we should cut back on using the internet. Use it for certain things inside our education, but not rely on it …show more content…
The way we think, act and learn has changed in a way that I definitely wouldn’t call good. I’ve always believed that with certain things; if it’s not broke why fix it? Using the internet for learning tools is just reinforcing the kid’s thoughts of using the internet for everything else. As said in Kubrick’s prophecy, “as we rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it will be our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence." It is truly changing how we learn and how children will continue to learn as time goes on. The internet also connects us in a way that is diminishing our communication skill, letting us use short sentences with little effort or true communication. Of course, many will probably disagree with this assertion that the internet is bringing us to a de-evolutionized state slowly. With all the essays, evidence, and facts to bring me to my ultimate conclusion, the internet is most definitely making us stupid. How could someone contradict this simple truth that is our inevitable future if we don’t change our

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