Google Making Us Dumb… Again

Ian Leslie wants to make the point that Google is not making us dumber; the way we choose to use it is making us dumber. He feels that the concept of inquiring is slowly vanishing; due to the instant access to answers of almost any and every question, one might have, provided to us happily by Google. When we are young we know nothing and have to ask in order to find out information. As we get older we begin to ask how and why Leslie states. That is the gap in its most basic form. As we get older our questions become more complicated and the answers harder to find; it is this journey, of the gap between the answer and the question, that broadens our minds and helps us retain information. But, that journey through the gap is hard work and that is what Google is there to eliminate and that is what stops our inquiring. I myself easily fall prey to skipping directly to the answer as I have gotten older, no longer wandering through random books and articles as I see them lying around. Nor do I take the time to read through an article to find more context once I finish skimming to find the answer I want. That is one of many mental shortcuts developed because of a lack of the effort as Leslie addressed, but I feel it is also in part to the difference in synapses within my brain as Carr addressed. Both authors have valid explanations for the shift that is happening in the literary culture and have weight in the conversation. Leslie is definitely placing the shift on the person changing because of technology versus Carr who places it on technology which is changing the person.  Overall, I find more validity in Leslie’s argument, not only from my own personal experiences but the fact that we still have a choice to ask more in-depth questions and read the longer articles. Technology is not taking those options away from us, we are choosing to let it change us, nothing is being forced.

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One response to “Google Making Us Dumb… Again

  1. I too feel as if people are losing touch with the mental processes of critical thinking. Because it’s so easy to google an answer, we might be less inclined to take the time in order to delve into the question. I feel its a matter of choice though, the ability to think critically is always there, its mostly a matter of making the decision to put on ones “thinking cap”

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