Is the Internet Making Us Stupid?

Is the Internet making us stupid? We all have our own opinion and thoughts on the matter. Some people find themselves in the middle. I do see both sides of the argument, but when I have to choose a firm stance I choose the side that the Internet is making us stupid. Here are four reasons I feel this way:

  1. Laziness – We no longer take the initiative to learn or remember information because we know that we can look it up if and when we need it. We don’t memorize phone numbers because they are programed into our phones.
  2. Believing everything that’s online – Most of us can remember a time when we were blown away by something we read online only to find out that it wasn’t true. The source that we got our information was not credible. A lot of people believe everything they read on the Internet even if the source isn’t credible leading me to believe that if this is how the Internet is used then yes, the Internet is making us stupid.
  3. Easily Distracted – As Carr mentions in the following article, https://mycourses.purdue.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-4675129-dt-content-rid-15160109_1/courses/wl_16552.201520/Carr%20%282009%29%20Is%20Google%20making%20us%20stupid.pdf, the internet has made it so we get distracted easily. We cannot focus enough to read books anymore and we stumble from one website to the next.
  4. Loss of Creativity– The Internet has taken away the ability to think outside of the box and to think for ourselves. When projects are assigned today we go and search Google for ideas where we used to have to sit and brainstorm ideas all by ourselves. We’ve lost the ability to think for ourselves. We now have to look everything up online before making a decision.

When told to make a decision on if the Internet is making us stupid I really had to sit and think. I went back and forth several times. I asked others for input and their reasoning and in the end I decided that the reasons for why the Internet is making us stupid are greater than reasons it’s making us smarter.

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