Summary Response Essay on article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
What is your view on technology and how it’s used by yourself or society today? Nicholas Carr is an American writer who has written and shared his views on modern-day technology. Carr wrote and published an article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” which narrates not only his own but many other publishers, bloggers, influencers, and authors’ points of view on the effect technology has on their and society’s minds. In this summary response, I will be giving a general description of Carr’s point in the article, the progressiveness of technology, and what I believe to be true when it comes to the internet changing our minds. There is no doubt that technology is changing our world, let’s dig deeper into the effects of this change.
Nichols (Carr 2008) gives his argument about how he believes Google is making us stupid. He starts off with a scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. With the sense of the characters feeling like their minds are slowly disintegrating and they are finally starting to notice (pg 424-425). He connects this to the search engine Google and the usage of the internet. He goes into detail about his reasons on why he believes this and some are that the internet has become a worldwide use to receive your information. Nicholas (Carr 2008) gives personal information about how he struggles to read or comprehend books as fast as he did before. In addition to how people no longer read but skim to try and find what’s important without consuming too much of their time actually reading. He uses different sources such as bloggers whether they are in medicine or just giving their opinion about how the web changed their life and the lives of others (pp 425-428). Carr goes into great detail about his theory of Google negatively changing the lives of not just himself but the world.
Furthermore, due to the fact that Nicholas Carr wrote this over a decade ago changes the whole scenario of how Google is affecting the human body and brain. Since then numerous different types of phones and all sorts of technology have been introduced into the world that we live in today, which is giving people even more opportunities to access technological devices. Technology is so advanced that there are endless possibilities of what you can do with it. Which takes up so much more time than anything else. We live in a world that is completely changing day by day, becoming more advanced, the first cell phone came out in 1973 and now there are walking talking robots and drones. There are even self-driving cars being tested which is incredible because yes it seems like that was ages ago, but it hasn’t even been 50 years since. We use technology on a daily basis now, it has become a regular part of everyday life. Before there were books and libraries and now literally everything’s online. So much has changed including how people or our society functions.
From personal experience, I spend at least 12 hours a day using technology. Not necessarily just my phone to point out but as well as my school computer and the television. I rarely see newspapers or magazines anymore because everything is easier to access online than actually in hand. Not just Google but Apple, Yahoo, Social Media, etc. are finding new ways to keep people interested and connected to their devices. In light of the fact that yes, Covid-19 has also played a prominent role in the lack of sunshine or just time off and away from the screen, we have to take notice of how society has been attached to their technology for decades now. Carr (Nicholos Carr 2008). also talks about how he struggles with reading as fast as he used to, now from my point of view, I personally enjoy reading the actual book rather than the online copy (pp 426). Maybe that is just because I enjoy reading and others don’t which see how the brain is easily distracted. Especially when we are doing school or reading online from home. I believe that there are many factors that we must include in our minds when we are taking into account if Google is making us stupid. Because it is no longer just Google.
No matter how much we try to put it off, technology is changing us humans and if not used wisely then our society can be in grave danger. There is already so much evidence pointing towards people being addicted to their electronics. I believe that it is best to start to become aware of our time used on a screen and maybe change to different hobbies that could positively benefit your mind and body. There is only so much time in this life, let us not waste time staring at a screen, but maybe at the faces that we love. I guess the only question left is, do you believe Google is making you stupid?