Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Nicholas Carr of the The Atlantic has an interesting article on what the internet is doing to our brains.

And what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.

True or not? How has instant access to vast stores of information changed your expectations? your way of life?

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  1. Adam Winters says:

    Hard to say, Paul. I don’t think Google makes me more stupid, just a bit more lazy at times. On the one hand, I can be more accurate in trackign down quotes (thanks to your seminar) or dates/names/tidbits thanks to the internet. On the other hand, as one of my professors warned, the interent ease of tracking down things makes things like Bible study a little too convenient. Whereas in older days, men of God hard to meditate long and hard on the text so as to internalize the Word, now I feel like I can just type it in the search bar and get the same results.

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