The Loss Of Imagination And Patience

827 words - 4 pages

After reading Is Google Making Us Stupid? I really did contemplate this question to myself, is the internet or even video games actually reprogramming our brains? The next thought which entered my mind after reading the article were my children, and how their generation is at the mercy of technology. They are surrounded by smart-phones, lab-tops, tablets, which gives them access to the internet all the times. It is quick and convenient. The author Nicholas Carr even states “I’ve been spending a lot of time online, searching and surfing and sometimes adding to the great databases of the Internet.” It is at the finger tips to whomever wants it, but I also see the public school systems pressing the use of the internet on children very strongly.
Moreover, recently having the opportunity of viewing teachers going into a library with their students, I watch them go directly to a computer. How silly is that? Here they are in a library, but go to a computer. They are missing out on just hearing how a book sounds when cracking it open. And the musty old smell it can have which may even bring thoughts to brew in their minds. The sense of smell can be so powerful, and help dig up their flowing creative juices. Instead they may end up with speedy information, but the thought of losing cognitive ability or even recreating ones thought process scares me. I agree with the media theorist Marshall McLuhan statement which was pointed out in the 1960s, “Media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. And what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation.”
Furthermore, maybe this is the reason behind the increased cases of Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Syndrome in our society? The increase amount of time on the Internet the antsier we become, the increase for acquiring immediate answers lessons our ability to stay patient and focused. A pathologist was briefly mentioned in the article and had a conversation with Bruce Friedman which even stated “I can’t even read War and Peace anymore.” “I’ve lost the ability to do that.” What is happening to our brains? I think the only simple answer is to slow down on the use of the internet, and continue to use books more...

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