Is Google Making Us Dumber?

I found this article written by Ian Leslie very interesting. It captured my interest and held it there, which was very surprising. I think that happened because this article can apply to many of us students, who try Googling answers to get out of trying to solve them ourselves. Ian Leslie’s argument is that we are asking less and less questions, but seeking only the answers, and that can be detrimental to us later on. He even quoted Picasso, who believed that computers that calculate the answers are useless because they only give just the answers. From what I got from the article, the whole point of learning is to ask questions. You cannot get an answer if you do not ask a question, and we as society are doing less and less of that. The article discusses the “information gap”, which is when a person has to find the answers to the questions themselves, which makes finding the answer harder and less appealing. He states that this information gap will eventually disappear if we keep going down this trend because we will be able to get the answer automatically if we don’t know the answer to the question. This is relevant to us because as students, we try to make our work easier for us when we don’t know something by Googling it online and expecting immediate answers. There have been countless times where I needed to know something and instead of taking the time to look for it in a book, I would just Google a certain equation in order to complete a practice problem or homework question. They say that when children are toddlers is the time when they learn the most, and that they tend to ask a ton of questions, which helps then learn and retain information. Comparing the two articles, they share some similarities such as, the easy availability of information that leads to the laziness of the mind. I find that it was much easier to read Leslie’s article because the information was written in simple terms, compared to the other article. I find Leslie’s article more persuasive because of this. I definitely buy the arguments in these articles because I believe that we are probably relying on Google too much for the questions we have.


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