Google Makes Us All Dumber

After only reading the title of this article, my mind automatically started to think of the different arguments the author was going to use to support his claim. Most people see these types of articles as just another person trying to tell us to stop using the Internet, however, when you actually take the time to read it you realize that the words being read really do have meaning behind them. I just wanted to mention this before I began talking specifically about what I read because good articles force your mind to start thinking even before you have begun to read.

In this article, the author Ian Leslie makes the argument against the use of Google. He claims that the faster we get our hands on technology, the less inclined we become to care about the answer. In reality, that could not be more accurate. Think about it. When we need to find a specific date in history, or the equation for a difficult math problem, the likelihood of us remembering what we looked up is slim to none. That is mostly due to the fact that we are not forcing our brains to remember the information we are looking up; rather, we find the answer and completely move on without thinking about its correlation. Leslie’s argument persuades the reader to generate questions and/or responses as they continue through the article, regardless of agreement or disagreement.

According to Leslie, “The [information] gap between question and answer is where creativity thrives and scientific progress is made” (Leslie 499). In other words, it is the problem that is becoming more apparent as more people are drawn towards the Internet for answers. When a professor forces his or her students to respond to an open-ended question, some students effortlessly begin putting thoughts to paper. However, other students have absolutely no idea where to start because there is no definite answer. They cannot simply ask Google for the “right answer”, and instead are forced to generate their own. This type of exercise clearly does not take into effect some students love to write and others tend to struggle, but there is no excuse as to why anyone should not be able to answer a simple opinionated question. This information gap is evident in various accounts at school and for jobs. It is also relevant in Leslie’s article because it can be used as evidence to support his argument. Leslie is quoted as saying, “Google is known as a search engine, yet there is barely any searching involved anymore. The gap between a question crystallizing in your mind and an answer appearing at the top of your screen is shrinking all the time” (Leslie 498). The reality of this statement is impeccable. The faster it takes Google to generate an answer, the less work our brains have to do.

This article and the article entitled “Is Google Making Us Stupid” both have similar ideas, however Leslie’s argument steers away from being against technology as a whole. Rather, Leslie focuses on the way we are using them and how we take them for granted. The more we use technology, the less likely we are to include our own sense of individualism and uniqueness. Having said that, I do not think that one article overpowers the other. They both have very realistic points they want to expand on, and both are designed to get us thinking about how things use to be without the use of Internet at our fingertips.


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