Today access to information that has been made possible by using increasing innovativeness of most technological companies, readers have been affected both positively and negatively. Excessive use of the internet as a supply of information has been found to change how the human Genius works and have also been found to change our analyzing behaviors. Nicholas Carr’s article “Is Google making us stupid” have started an academic conversation of how technological know-how has changed the way we seek and encode information. He argues that (3) Google which is the leading search engine has modified not only the way we seek statistics but even how we think. He argued that although there is an increase in access to information as compared to the last century, people have changed the way they behave and the way they are reading.
This has changed even the way they think. He points out that, research has become simpler and one can now get information quicker and easier compared to when one had to spend a lot of times in libraries perusing articles and periodicals. He argues that people nowadays have developed a simpler way of reading as they are no longer involving themselves in deep analysis of articles but they are just skimming and perusing without creating a deep connection between the information and their mental world.
Using technology as the main source of information has made work easier. Student no longer uses most of their time in libraries and kindles and Google search engine has become the most critical resources in modern day’s schools. Even researchers, use of search engine have become an important tool as one can access thousands of articles within the shortest time possible. This has impacted on how we are encoding information and how we interact with such articles. As Carr observed, computer logs show a change in reading behaviors with writers looking for just immediacy and cannot engage in deep analysis of such information. The main question is how and why this is happening. Maybe the amount of information we can access is changing our behaviors and how we interact.
We are in a world where just some keystrokes on a single topic can produce millions of replies and sources of information on such articles. Sparrow, Jenny, and Daniel (2) observed that, maybe this phenomenon of having more information than we need might be the key factor that is driving the change in how we interact with such information. It is evidence that, when we have multiple sources of information that can be accessed our concentration reduce as compared to when people used to rely on hard copies of articles and reports. Carr (4) also observed that, Google just like other Internet-based organization work with what readers provide them in designing ads and programs that engage at higher levels with the internet users. He observed that it is in the interest of such organization to make sure that people are not reading and seeking information leisurely nor are they reading such articles slowly. He argues that it makes more economic sense for these organizations to sway our minds and reduce our concentration in order we can fall into their traps on surfing more articles. This gives them a chance to collect as much information about the readers as possible.
We can, therefore, argue that the reading behavioral change is a well-calligraphed move by Google and such company to mine information about the internet users in order to sway their attention and monetize such behavioral change. Our argument should, therefore, revolve around the fact that is the monetary value of our reading behavioral change worth the ease of access to such information. Understanding how this happens may help us answer such complex question. Sparrow, Jenny, and Daniel (4) argued that, our brains are being altered by these machines in a way that, we are falling right into their traps. They also observed that interaction with these internet machines are not only changing our physical behaviors but also but also altering how our brains are functioning. Researchers on how the internet changes our brain and reading behaviors indicate that there is a massive change on how the internet changes our brain.
They argue that, people who have access to search engines have been found to overestimate their intelligence and that, when they are used to accessing information from the internet, they change their reading behaviors. They (3) also found out that such readers, even when they are reading a hard copy, develops tendencies of skimming rather than deep analysis of such articles. Dr. Small and Gigi (2) indicated that the internet natives are faced with mind-changing factors that are fueled by the excessive use of the internet.
Carr, Nicholas. “Is Google making us stupid?.” Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education 107.2 (2008): 89-94.
Small, Gary, and Gigi Vorgan. “iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.” Education Review//Reseñas Educativas (2009).
Sparrow, Betsy, Jenny Liu, and Daniel M. Wegner. “Google effects on memory: Cognitive Consequences of having information at our fingertips.” science 333.6043 (2011): 776-778.