A major concerned about the human faculty is being raised. Is the internet making us stupid? A proactive question rose from a splashy 2008 Atlantic cover story “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” authored by Nicolas Carr now hitting the question harder with its new book “Shallows”.
The book is an expanded discussion of his thesis, regarding the diminutive effects of the internet to the human brain. He theorized that, every time we tether our selves over the net, this somehow re wires our brain (in a very bad way) resulting to disabling us to think and ponder on something, deprived us from essential learning, and strain our long term memory on things. Carr’s hunch (as experienced by him first hand) is also experienced by his friends and colleagues and some surprisingly even stopped reading books in favour of the internet. Sought evidences to backed up his claim, that the internet is doing something that we may be sorry in the generations to come.
With insights from experts from the fields of linguistics, neuroscience, and psychology. Carr’s hunch draws a scary conclusion. Yes, the internet is doing something with our brain, and it’s not good.
After its advent in the late 70’s, the internet has grown into a universe of its own. Compose of a myriad of computers, inter connected (thru the world wide web) to each other. Every knowledge known to man can be found even the latest of technology. We share information more massively and faster than out 17th century man counterparts.
The more we spend to the net the more we deprive ourselves from reading, books, and magazines, in other activities that stimulate our brains to think or ponder more sufficiently. The most scary is part is that our young generation is spending more time online activities than reading a good book.
Carr’s sighted that the internet works like a drug, it instantly gratifies someone, can be available universally. And like its narcotic counterparts. It short circuits our brain consciously and sub-consciously disabling our minds to think deeper, think creatively.
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