In the present day world, technological advances are quickly expanding, leading to the replacement of traditional activities. These changes tend to alter the human mind in such a way that the conduct and manner of doing things are different compared to the intervals before the introduction of technology. This article highlights the fact that technology especially the internet is changing how individuals read. However, the statement and measurement of this change is not convenient in reality and therefore, taking notice of the modification takes location progressively.
The example of Nicholas Carr fully explains the changes added about by the use of internet and hyperlink text alternatively than print literature. Apparently, Carr noticed that his thinking, immersion, and depth of reading took a significant turn to the extent that analyzing long articles became a challenge. Surprisingly, other readers echo these sentiments hence the agreement that the internet is changing our minds. Google, one of the most prominent search engines coupled with text messages and other internet resources shape the human mind particularly the cognitive capacities such as memory and also the interpretation of visual and audio aspects.
In a nutshell, researchers and psychologists are in consensus that the internet-based reading styles differ from the conventional reading from print material. This difference arises from the manner in which online reading focuses directly on efficiency and immediacy. On the contrary, the print material offers long and complex works which arouse the need and capacity for deep reading, analysis, and strong mental connections. Simply put, online reading is just but a mode of information decoding. The aspect of text interpretation, development of productive, undistracted, contextual connections and imaginations from an in-depth reading of the print versions is relatively absent in the online platform.
Madrigal, Alexis C. “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” The Atlantic, 15 September 2010. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/09/is-google-making-us-stupid/62964/. Accessed 18 September 2017.