The article by Nicholas Carr “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” gives a warning that internet has the capability to hurt our ability for concentration and contemplation. Carr argues that what makes us intelligent is not just finding the information quickly but the ability to think deeply about the information. Deep thinking required in this case can only be attained if one’s mind is calm and attentive. The higher the level of concentration leads to richer thoughts. In case of a distraction such as the use of internet through computers and phone, it becomes hard to understand and remember. According to the article, Google leads to superficial thinking making the users shallow. Although one can Google all the fact that they want, it is hard to Google one’s way to brilliance.
“Google effect” can be defined as the digital amnesia. This is a tendency to forget the information which is easily found online using Google. According to study, people are less likely to remember the details which they believe are highly likely to be accessed online. People fail to attempt in storing information in their memory since they know they can always access it online at the click of a button. According to Carr, human are not forming the required rich connections in their minds due to Google effects. This is due to fact that memory consolidation requires attentiveness which helps in forming connections. This is not given by google. Combinations of ‘Google effect’ and distraction coming from the smartphones have led to a reduced attention span.
Having information at our fingertips has led to reduction in concentration and contemplation. The information is just a click away and we can move from tab to tab. In fact, the ease of availability of information has made it hard to form connections in our mind. We have failed in creating knowledge due to lack of attentiveness. The cognitive and emotional aspects of human beings have been eroded by google availing information on our fingertips. This has reduced the level of innovation and creativity among the internet users. Availability of information online has led to laziness in reasoning since the information is easily available at the click of a button.
Carr makes a connection between internet and our mental activity as well as the brain structure. Our brain never stops learning from the impact of internet. In fact, technology does not only change the manner in which we think but also changes the structure of the brains. Thus, the internet has turned out to be the global prosthesis of our collective memory. Based on the modern neuroscience, our habitual practices have the ability to change our own neuronal structures. Our addiction to use of internet technology has the capability to change and shape our brains. Moreover, the brain neural circuitry changes based on experience hence can be changed through the impacts of web technologies. The computer software has the impact on cognition leading to weakening of concentration and contemplation.
I highly support the use of Google. Google is an important tool and I feel that it helps a lot in finding information in a fast and timely manner. Despite this, I feel that Google can make one stupid based on the way in which they use it. People who misuse Google are the one who are impacted in a negative way. For example, searching for things with direct answers leads to enhancing stupidity. In fact, most people do not take time to reflect and analyse the information provided by the search engine whether it is true or not. Google helps through providing information that we need. Thus, Goggle helps us in our everyday lives making it possible to have all information on our fingertips. In addition, Goggle helps in restructuring our minds to view intelligence in new ways. It has helped a lot in removing barriers to accessing information. Through democratizing access to information, it leads to better collaboration, inclusivity and diversity helping in creating valuable information. It is thus unfair to fully blame stupidity of humans to the search engine. The main problem is the human beings becoming highly dependent on the search engine and failing to allow our brains to develop the way it is supposed to. Goggle is an efficient tool for searching for information and hence cannot be the only blame for human race stupidity. Human beings have to embrace the modern ways of obtaining information while at the same making sure that the means do not compromise their mental abilities.