Is the internet making us dumber?
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January 29th, 2013 (09:25 AM).
Join Date: Jun 2009
I guess I'm in the minority in thinking that the internet can be a bit of a crutch sometimes. I kind of liken it to using a calculator to do math problems. Yes, you have to have some understanding of the subject to use one, but it can do a lot of it for you, and if you know how to use one well you don't necessarily have to understand the underlying principles.
To me, attention span is a component of intelligence as a person without a long one isn't going to be able to handle things that require sustained thinking.
Personally, I'm most convinced that the internet isn't all positive by its effect on me. When I was in school I did spend a fair amount of time on the internet, but I spend more now than I did and I find that I'm not as quick as I was and that I'm more likely to jump to searching google than I am to searching my memory.
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