Does Google Make Us Stupid?

Nicholas Carr raised the issue of mind changing due to the development of modern technologies in general and Google in particular. The author states that the minds of modern people have been influenced significantly in the past few decades. Carr claims that the Internet has a power that pushes humanity forward and moves the world. It has made various features easier and faster, replacing the needs for personal interaction and communication with other people, remembering information, and so on. Now, Google search machine is a magnificent tool for many people which helps them connect, interact, find and store information, and conduct multiple other activities online. Carr states that the variety of information available online has changed the thinking processes. Now, a person does not read in the same way as they used to even a decade ago. Many people do not read long articles; they prefer multitasking to do only one activity in a quality way (Carr 2). The author also presents various critical features to prove the negative impact of Google in particular and the Internet in general on the mental and cognitive development of modern human beings.

The modern technology boom has brought various benefits to global society. Firstly, communication between people has become easier and more convenient. Secondly, people have become more mobile. Currently, people get information faster as it was even a decade ago. The benefits of such technologies are numerous. However, there are adverse factors which must be discussed in this paper. The article Is Google Making us Stupid? discusses the adverse outcomes which are caused by constant and sometimes addictive desire of people to find information on social media, be first to ‘like,’ show their importance and presence in the virtual world. Such social media addiction negatively impacts the academical skills and achievements of students who cannot force themselves not use mobile devices on any purpose: while doing assignments, homework, preparing for tests and exams, and so on. Carr claims that media provides people with information. “They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought” (Carr, p. 2). Being offline is a nightmare for the whole generation of people, who cannot imagine a minute spent without the virtual interaction.

Nicholas Carr, the author of IS Google making us Stupid?, has analyzed various articles and researchers on the topic ‘students’ multitask’ and their disability to continuous reading as cognitive dysfunction. He states that if a student has access to a mobile device with an internet connection, they display a strong dependency on it. Notably, they keep checking their social media accounts, answering phone calls, texting, and so on, even if they know that they are being observed. Thus, some of the students start to multitask at the second minute of the class, by the fifteenth minute all the students are caught to use a cell phone at least once. Such students cannot concentrate their brain on doing only one activity at a time. They require the help of other people, probably specialists, who can help them overcome this addiction.

Interestingly, scholars view texting, mailing, and reading on Facebook or any other social media as the most harmful activity for multitasking students. This is due to the fact that finding information has become an easy task. “Still, their easy assumption that we’d all “be better off” if our brains were supplemented, or even replaced, by artificial intelligence is unsettling” (Carr, p. 5). Moreover, the popularity of multitasking makes people pay less attention to the primary activity, for example, learning. In such a way, students cannot pay the necessary attention to the professor’s lecture materials while classes, doing home assignments, preparing for tests and exams. Students’ brains cannot afford to do two difficult tasks such as learning and to search online, as both of them require the same parts of the brain to be active. Thus, the effectiveness of any learning activity during multitasking is lower than if a student does only one task until the end.

The other negative impact of multitasking is the loss of valuable time for students. Many of them do not understand that it is difficult for them to learn the material, understand and remember it accurately. Disability to concentrate attention because of multitasking makes them spend more time on rereading the information over and over again. Because social media addiction is largely presented in students of colleges and universities, one can state that this may cause an adverse effect on the abilities of those young people to gain the necessary professional skills. Thus, future doctors, teachers, nurses, lawyers and representatives of other professions would be disabled to provide quality services to their customers because they were multitasking while studying.

“Human brain is an outdated computer” (Carr p. 5). This claim is rather impressive especially knowing about the features of the brain and its work. Google search tool helps the person to find information faster by using coding words and others. “The idea that our minds should operate as high-speed data-processing machines is not only built into the workings of the Internet, it is the network’s reigning business model as well” (Carr p. 5). Carr claims that Google is in commercial collusion with multiple businesses who are interested in making their products and services visible. The search machine helps them collect data about each particular person: one’s tastes, interest, requests, and others. That information is aimed to be used when creating new commercials and advertisements. “Most of the proprietors of the commercial Internet have a financial stake in collecting the crumbs of data we leave behind as we flit from link to link – the more crumbs, the better” (Carr p. 5). Thus, the faster and the more information the person finds online, the more data is collected, the more commercials are viewed, the more products and services are sold. In such a way, Google and other connected to it businesses do not want people to increase their cognitive skills; they do not aim to improve their reading skills and thought the concentration, distraction is their economic benefit.

In his article, Is Google making us stupid?, Nicholas Carr claims that the technology boom has brought both positive and negative aspects of people’s lives. Children are the most vulnerable population because their world perception is still developing. Most of them do not have their own opinion regarding what is good and what is bad. Carr says that Google is selling people’s minds to global businesses. I totally agree with the author, as modern generation is under significant risk to get in troubles. Internet takes away person’s privacy. We have become more vulnerable by using social platforms, sharing our ideas and photos. People who want to seem cool can make you an object of bully by leaving sarcastic or offensive comments on your page. Cyberbullying is a sharp social problem as it often leads to devastating consequences. Parents must protect their children by explaining what is right and wrong. This must be done sitting in front of a computer as the new ‘wired generation’ perceives information better only in this way.

Moreover, I agree with the writer entirely on the point that spending too much time in front of the computer children lose valuable efforts and hours they could efficiently use while studying their homework. Moreover, passive lifestyle makes children obese and overweight. Their posture is getting worse. Their muscles and heart do not get trained. In such a way ‘the wired generation’ risks to grow into a group of adults with multiple health disorders. Thus, in future, the government will pay more to solve the health issues of those people.

All in all, communication is a magnificent tool of success in many spheres of human activity. With proper use of communication tools, people can achieve business, professional, political, and personal success. Nowadays, people use various communication tools which include mass media means, social networking platforms, and others in order to spread valuable and useless information. Google makes communication faster and easier. Thus, it pushes humanity, the world, and economy forward. However, along with the benefits provided with the development of this search engine, people face multiple negative aspects which harm their cognitive development significantly. As it has been identified, Google and businesses are not interested in the promotion of people’s ability to develop and concentrate, as they would not be able to sell their services and products fast. Thus, Google does make us stupid in order to promote the interests of global businesses.

Works cited

Carr, Nicholas. Is Google making us stupid? The Atlantic Ocean. 2008

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