Is Google Making Us Stupid?
The article “Is Google Making Us Stupid”? By Nicholas Carr depicts that the internet has become the most approved sources for modern research and studies as it contains all the information which might be needed. Carr uses ethos, logos and pathos to show his audience how the internet has changed our lives. However, despite its usefulness, the internet has been viewed to affect the individual’s ability to search for information in from other sources such as books, articles and other trusted sources as they have fully relied too much on the internet. On the other hand, Steven Pinker on his article “Mind Over Mass Media,” depicts that the digital media inclusive of the internet has helped individuals to be smart as they can get any information they need within seconds.
Nicholas portrays that despite the internet providing sufficient information needed in research, it has succeeded in flattening the capacity of brains to the individuals who are learning since they depend on the internet for almost everything and therefore have no time to think. Further, Nicholas explained that Google provides instant, vast and accurate access to information that can potentially allow stupidity, laziness in the study, and insufficient defense for claims and arguments if people in their studies ignore the other credible sources. .
Pinker as well believes that in consideration of the Intelligence, he showed that if the electronic media was hazardous as some individuals think, then the quality of science will be decreasing. Electronic media aids in improving the aspects of intelligence while at some point erode others. This shows that with the internet and digital media, knowledge has been developed and therefore individuals have only misused the tools which make the media and internet are viewed as making us stupid (Russell ; Cohn, 91). For instance, some things, which should be known through basic knowledge can, is searched by some individuals who make us appear stupid.
Furthermore, the internet has been seen to be reliable and very helpful when used correctly. It is coherent that the internet searches can never misplace the validity of a Book when it comes to improving people’s understanding. This is mostly the case when there is a need to curb the acts of ignorance and stupidity displayed by an individual. It is worth noting that the people’s inability to indulge in credible reading sources have a tendency of affecting one’s thoughts and the basis of arguments and reasoning. This shows that internet provides a platform which laziness is encouraged (Sternberg, Sternberg, & Mio, 62).
Coherently, Nicholas explained that individuals have become more dependent on Google and have no intentions of considering any challenging the validity as well as originality and most importantly the objective of the studies presented by bloggers who are after making profits and do not care if the information provided therein is very accurate or misleading. Such behaviors show that people using the internet have become stupid, as they believe everything in the interned forgetting that people with different intentions write it.
It is apparent that Nicholas has a point since internet truly has made us stupid to some extent. The memory of the brain, for instance, is likely to forget information that can be easily retrieved. This shows that internet is rerouting people’s memory. Consequently, acts of multitasking hinder the ability of the brain to remember since Google searches can be affected by pop-ups and unrelated advertisements that can diverge concentration to other issues.
Furthermore, with many people relying more on the computers for acts such as meditation as well as an understanding of their environment, the intelligence will indubitably flatten to become artificial intelligence, as they will let the internet do everything for them. This coherently shows that Google is continuously hindering knowledge especially if books are abandoned in the verification of knowledge.
Pertaining to Pinker, he also believes that genuine multitasking is a myth with many experts becoming a concern with such prevalence. In this regards, people may perceive that they can juggle the emails as well as texting and tweeting at the same time while also glancing at some websites. In doing this, they are adeptly carrying out a lot of stuff which switching between various tasks and suffering the cognitive costs accompanying such tasks. With the fact that individuals will fiddle the cell phones and causing distractions, they are not able to concentrate on anything, which continuously makes them stupid.
Researchers as well have conquered that reading books will enable the individuals to comprehend and get extreme understanding. It has been found out that the individuals who read books have the ability to retain supplementary information as compared to the individuals who rely on hyperlinks, which affect meditation as well as their intelligence. In essence, reading books reading will indubitably stimulate the brain and enabling it to transfer information from the working memory to the strong long-term memory for future use.
Consequently, reading books have been depicted to allow a thimble of information from the working memory to the long-term memory while on the other hand, the internet allows a jumble of drops from diverse sources. The internet does not provide a continuous or a coherent stream of information that can affect memory (Carr, 16). As a consequence, people become foolish data consumers and stupid as dependence affects the people person’s level of reflection and criticism of ideas.
Furthermore, depending too much on Google is not a good idea, especially for individuals seeking for knowledge. This is because the constant interruptions and distractions will turn the individuals into becoming shallow thinkers. It is coherent that when an individual’s concentration together with contemplation is reduced, people tend to ignore important information as they see the internet when compared to books that demand consistency. This shows that Google has taken a step in shaping the minds and habits of individuals which implies that without Google, people will hardly think of anything. This shows that Google has made us stupid.
Continuous use of the internet as well leads to a negative impact on the individuals emotional as well as functional status as they will become less intelligent and will, therefore, think less as they rely on Google to show them what they need to know. It has also been found out that the internet users have a high level of stress and anxiety due to psychological disorders which include impulse control and can also affect their tendency to acquire knowledge. They, in essence, become shallow thinkers and moreover stupid.
Notably, an individual who solely depends on the internet as the only source of information shows that he is ignorant as well as stupid because they only believe they the information on the internet is always correct. They do not know that some of the information is biased and should be scrutinized to ensure that the sources are valid, and the writer of such contents is qualified. This shows that Google corrupts the brain’s ability to criticize and apply information from a personal perspective (Wilber, 37). Such acts as well show that intelligence is at risk if people continue to take information as Google presents it with minimal consideration of further research about core concepts presented.
Pinker in defending his stance that Google makes people smart is that the internet gives instant access to massive amounts of information through various search engines in general but Google in particular. Google does not allow people to add information. This implies that using Google is, therefore, a smart approach that enables people to save their time so that they can participate in other responsibility as the world is increasingly becoming more competitive.
Furthermore, Pinker explains that Google is useful in making the mind active, especially for older people. This is because individuals who are web knowledgeable have an extra neural activation than individuals who are not able to use search engines. Such acts take place in the brain and navigate decision-making, complex reasoning, and participation in a study.
In summing up, it is coherent that depending on Google too much will cause more damages than benefits to an individual. This is because depending on Google will make one dormant and will not be able to think independently since they depend on Google to provide the information they need. In this regards, individuals should only use Google together with other information sources such as books so that they can remain active.
The first rhetorical tool that Carr uses was ethos. In Carr’s essay, he used ethos to give credibility to his sources as well as making the audience believe what he said is true. He gives an example that clearly points out that even people who write books have stopped reading like they used to, because the internet has caused individuals to quickly scan through pages to find the main idea.
Secondly, Carr uses logos throughout his entire article by using quotes from conversations, interviews and statistics. The main point that he used several times in regards to the internet is that we are so quick to look up an answer to a question by just clicking and reading.
Thirdly, Carr used pathos in his article which is emotions. With emotions he was able to keep his audience entertained which prevented the article from being boring. The most important aspect about this article is that Carr uses his own thoughts and opinions about what he is writing about.
Overall, I found Carr’s argument against Pinkers to be very strong and persuasive on his point, because we were bombarded by news, ads, and e-mails that has somewhat limited our ability to concentrate and stay focused when reading dense texts. Carr’s successful argument brings the audience to take a subtle message of the Internet’s persuasion with discerning decisions. Eventually, Carr was able to convince the audience of the negative effects of how the internet shapes your mind.