“We are not only what we read, we are how we read” (Wolf, 2008). Nicholas Carr posed the question, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” A major issue between reading books compared to searching the Internet has become a transitioning disturbance to society. Most people are changing the ways they think due to their convenience towards reading because the attention and concentration span of individuals have changed increasingly over time. As of today, reading books are not an essential part of life compared to the reading of short articles on the Net. Bruce Friedman, a blogger about the use of computers in medicine, described how the Internet has altered his ability to read and absorb long articles on the web or in print. Friedman’s changes confirm how the way we read can interfere with the way we think.
In a personal matter, I feel that technology is useful in terms of time but it’s also making the world illiterate. Friedman was once a ...view middle of the document...
I have often found myself, from time to time, feeling as though reading boring, long articles about history, science, or the world’s statistics was a waste of time. Yet, after taking the initiative to still read the information, I’ve found that I learn from reading and the reading empowers me by making connections to real life situations.
“The Internet, an immeasurably powerful computing system, is subsuming most of our other intellectual technologies. It’s becoming our map and our clock, our printing press and our typewriter, our calculator and our telephone, and our radio and TV” (Carr, 2008). According to Carr’s statement, it is shown in our society how the internet is primary source. Although the Internet understands exactly what an individual wants by typing in the things you want to know or find, it has become a major replacement for the working mechanism of our brain. “The human brain is just an outdated computer that needs a faster processor and a bigger hard drive” (Carr, 2008). If reading books and long articles was still done by the majority, technology wouldn’t be so needed. The society we live in would be more independently educated.
Overall, I’ve learned to avoid being dependent on technology and especially Google. I used to read a book every week that I had a chance to. Now, I am a statistic of those who rather take the most convenient way of reading than to sit for long hours and read. I would recommend this article to my peers for a wakeup call. We all need to realize what technology is doing to not only ourselves but the future ahead of us. The more we become dependent on Google teaching us everything, the more we will resist learning and finding things out on our own by not taking the time to read. “Deep reading is indistinguishable from deep thinking” (Wolf, 2008). The use of deep reading creates the privileged opportunity to connect information you didn’t know with the things you did know. It helps you draw your own inferences, analogies, and ideas. Google only provides the information for you; it doesn’t have as much as an effect on you as reading for yourself would.