Technology vs. Intellect

In the article “Google Makes Us All Dumber: The Neuroscience of Search Engines,” Ian Leslie argues that the way we use technology has the potential to make us process information slower.  He stresses the importance of individuals working together with technology and focusing on keeping curiosity a component of the relationship. He gives the example of a study done with young children that tests how many and what type of questions they ask to their caregiver. Some children would simply reply “Why?/How?,” others would ask longer, more complex questions, but those who’s parents would reply back “I don’t know, what do you think?” were the ones who’s children continued to ask questions. Leslie continues to go on and state, “questioning, it turns out, is contagious” (500). Additionally, Leslie explains the “information gap” and how its relevant to society as a whole. Essentially, it is where you know enough, but don’t know everything, so you are driven to know more. This desire to learn is imperative for individuals to not become lazy and just Google everything. He gave the example of if someone only knows three state capitals they will pat themselves on the back for knowing those three and not strive to know the other forty seven. Verses, a person who knows forty seven is going to be driven to learn the last three capitals that he/she does not know. The latter is the information gap that we all need to strive to possess. I believe that “Google Makes Us All Dumber” is more persuasive than “Is Google Making Us Stupid” because it tries to show you an abundance of hard evidence showing the ramifications of using Google to store everyday knowledge. In reference to the two article’s tones, “Is Google Making Us Stupid” is more relaxed and just relaying the information where as “Google Makes Us All Dumber” is more passionate and intense. I find both articles to hold some weight, but I think “Is Google Making Us Stupid” is more realistic since it just addresses our need to continue to ask questions and learn information rather than rely on Google for it. Whereas the other was more extreme in its views and actions.


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