July 27, 2015
Is Google Making Us Stupid?
By Nicholas Carr
Internet Friend Request/Confirm or Delete?
Imagine waking up to find a dead cell phone dead, broken television, and disconnected internet? The instant entertainment, communication, and social media all gone, people’s lives would probably be destroyed. We are too reliant on technology and it’s becoming part of our lives. Computers and cell phones affect social interaction, interferes with family obligations, and shortens ones attention span. Although this “supersystem” provides us with the best entertainment and is always convenient, we should go into the outside world and do activities without the use of the internet.
Instead of wasting valuable time browsing the web, try going to a fundraiser or book signing. The fundraiser can be an opportunity to support a cause and meet new people. Since the internet can affect ones social interaction, attending a book signing would also be a good idea. For those people who “used to be [a] voracious book reader” (Carr 151), there’s nothing like meeting a great author.
A family day out is always a good way to maintain a family bond. Being that we’re always “reading and writing emails…watching videos, and listening to podcasts…” (Carr 150), for hours, family priorities seem to go out the window. Why not watch a home video and reflect on the past? Or maybe play a board game that gets to be involved and laughing with one another? By doing this, no one will isolate themselves by being stuck in the room on a computer.
Humans should exercise their attention span by taking on new hobbies. Even Carr admits when he reads books now, his “concentration often starts to drift after the first two or three pages” (150). It’s important to physically read a book, take a walk, or do something else that allows the mind a rest. We could take crochet lessons, collect coins, and learn a new language. The brain will be able to develop...