The Shallows Essay

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The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.
Essay

Since the introduction of computers, they have served me for numerous purposes. In his book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas Carr suggests that even though the internet is an important tool, it is also a distraction causing users to be less attentive people. By constantly being on the web people are acquiring bad reading habits, this leads to users only skimming articles or anything they read. In my paper, I will discuss when computers were first introduced to me, as well as my history with them. I will show how social media isn't always bad. Social media serves as a method for communication with family and friends. And as to Nicholas Carr believing
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This was completely true it marked a turning point in our lives. Now we were expected to do so many things online math facts, reading, and playing keyboard games to make us familiar with our keyboard. Nicholas Carr agreed that even though the internet is an important tool, it is also a distraction causing users to be less attentive people. By constantly being on the web people are acquiring bad reading habits causing us users to only skim articles or anything we read …show more content…
We are no longer able to retain information the way we used to, before we used the net. We are no longer socializing face to face but we are doing it online through social media. Communication for me over the last few years through social media has been key to me and my family sometimes due to bad weather I can’t get ahold of my grandma through phone calls but since my aunts and uncles own a Facebook account it has become so much easier to get ahold of them. “The net differs from most of the mass media it replaces in an obvious and very important way: it’s bidirectional”. (85) resulting in the net replacing home phones, televisions, radios and much more. The net has so many uses it is indeed bidirectional. The feeling of being online and being able to feed my hunger for communication and entertainment is a great sensation Carr states “The Net delivers precisely the kind of sensory and cognitive stimuli- repetitive, intensive, interactive addictive- that have been shown to result in strong and rapid alterations in brain circuits and functions” (116). It gives me the exact amount of nourishment that my brain needs to be fulfilled. If I’m not on the web I don’t feel I’m myself; I need that stimulation that only the web can provide me

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