The Internet Made Me Stupid

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Posted: 6 years 20 weeks ago

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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just a question does this affect people that read a lot of information on the Internet watches scientific movies sometime

i never copy paste so i mean does it affect he and i always take it whit a bit of sand what i'm reading so i just don't belive it before i read the same thing like 4 times on 5 articles and doesn't this tech update make you smarter? or do i get dumber by reading this article


Oddly enough, after reading this article I will now claim that the notion of any detrimental faculty, of anyone using the information provided by means browsing, reading, watching and being otherwise exposed to the content via the internet, might very well be explained by the dogmatic attitude apparantly on display with this article itself.

Unfortunatley, I would have to write a lot of text to explain several problems that is worth mentioning, but I cannot be bothered to do this today.

There would be basicly mainly two concerns/problems to explain. One being relating to the false dichotomy of quantity vs quality, the other concern/problem being the dumbing down of the media, being a combination of misinformation and trivialization of the world we live in.

Basicly, I would in short argue for a simple equation:
Dumbed down articles = Dumbed down readers

As for any concerns regarding the so called psychopathological aspects, I claim these are probably a set of dogmas that are antagonistic and in a sense probably having detrimental effect on unsuspecting people that believe in so called experts, people who call themselves professors, scientists and psychologists.

Thousands of years of philosophy ought to have given most people a clue as to how they relate to their life, to science and to language, but people around the world are surely not governed by philantropic concerns, but rather with the concern for their use value and the exploitation of them.


I feel like it's entirely dependent on how you use in internet. While copy and pasting documents deprives the mind of crucial intellectual exercise, the internet is a vast and expansive tool that when used correctly, greatly enhances our abilities as human beings. The key, much like all things, is the proper education to correspond with such a great, and powerful tool.