The Juggler 's Brain By Nicholas Carr Essays

829 Words Jul 12th, 2015 4 Pages
“The Juggler’s Brain”, a chapter of the book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, centers around the theme that the Internet is a danger to critical thinking and academia. “In reading online…we sacrifice the facility that makes deep reading possible,” Carr quotes. “Our ability to make the rich mental connections that form when we read deeply and without distraction remains largely disengaged.” He goes on to say that Internet users do not completely read the text on a Web page; they scan it in an “F” pattern, only reading approximately 18 percent of the content on a page. Through all the studies he reports, Carr is trying to get one central message across: by using the Internet, we are endangering all intellects by luring them in to a place of peripheral learning and frenzied thinking. A study mentioned by Carr was performed during a college lecture. All students listened to the same lecture, but one group was allowed to surf the Web while the second group had to keep their laptops shut. After the lecture, all students took a test over the content of that lecture. The researchers reported that the students who surfed the Web “performed significantly poorer on immediate measures of memory for the to-be-learned content.” It is true that trying to multitask while browsing the Internet is sure to have a poor outcome; however, most academically-driven students are already aware of this. Taking away access to those students’ laptops may not…

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