Google’s Impact

Class today was based around an article by Nicholas Carr that poses an interesting question: “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” In the text, the main thing that Carr talks about is the evolution of his own reading patterns and those who have had similar experiences. He claims that though he used to be an avid reader who could get through books or articles like it was nothing, he now finds that his mind wanders off and he gets too distracted to read anything in full. Someone in class made a fair point when he or she said that it’s possible to get through by skimming important details, especially in an academic setting, which I most definitely agree with. Also pointed out was the fact that Google has essentially eliminated the need to ask questions out loud; a simple search will lead you to a myriad of options to choose from. A favorite meme of mine on Tumblr pokes fun at the fact that teens will make fun of the older generation for being technologically illiterate but then those same teens also needing to Google how to do something as simple as cooking an egg. However, I’m not sure that I agree with the idea that Google is making us “stupid,” per se. I do think that Google has definitely made us lazier and many people now lack a certain amount of common sense because everything is right there at our fingertips. As for Carr’s point on reading, I have experienced the same situation but that’s mostly within an academic context with texts that I am told to read; I have no problem getting lost in a book that I actually enjoy reading.

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One thought on “Google’s Impact

  1. I also do not believe Google is making us stupid, but do think it is making us lazy and may limit what we could learn. It may lead us to unreliable websites as our sources, feeding us false facts or stories, but it also may lead to the information we need in a quick and easy manner. Since we are lazy, we don’t care about the risk of obtaining false information, we just look for whatever is easiest. Adding on to your comparison to generations before us, they read through entire novels to get any information they needed. This method provides much more learning, a greater depth of understanding, and a trustworthy source.

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