Is the Internet making us dumber?

In the last decades, technology advancement has rapidly increased, gifting us with the world wide web and so many other useful advancements that make everyday life  much easier. So much information is  accessible to us by the simple touch of our fingertips and many have argued that this has made us lazy. I constantly hear that my generation is addicted and engulfed in their phones, and terribly distracted by social media and all that comes with it. I hear that we have lost focus and become brainwashed. But that is something I have to disagree with. I don’t believe that having too much knowledge or having it this easily accessible to us makes us dumber, but instead makes us thirst for more knowledge. I believe that we are, in many ways, addicted to gaining more knowledge. We check our phones to see what our friend Jane is doing on Instagram or Facebook, We check twitter to see what’s trending in Pop Culture and World news. We look up our professors before class and our interviewer before an interview. And Google and other search engines has also made research much easier. In a matter of seconds, we are given tens of thousands results on one topic, one name. How many times have you been told to use two sources on an essay, and ended up using five or six? I don’t believe the internet has made us dumber, but has more so, made us crave knowledge in new ways.

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One thought on “Is the Internet making us dumber?

  1. Reblogged this on Convergent Media | Divergent Voices and commented:

    It is important to know the balance between the gifts and curses of technology. Technology gives us as much power as it takes away, connects us as much as divides us and only by understanding the tools our generation have been given can we truly prove those that came before wrong. Keep up the fight!

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