Oct 22, 2010

The Internet makes us smarter, or ... vice versa?

For several years now in the circles of scientists and users is a discussion about what impact the Internet on people. Does he smarter than us, or vice versa?
Internet allows you to get free access to large amounts of information almost instantly. Of course, the quality and reliability of this information can vary greatly. In addition, information is available in various formats. With the web people can share experiences with other users, store of knowledge and, ostensibly, to become smarter.
Nevertheless, in this respect there are other opinions. For example, a scientist Nicholas Carr (Nicholas Carr) in 2008 put forward the hypothesis that search engines like Google make users stupid. The presence of fast facts, no need to search for nuances and work with a lot of additional literature adversely affected as a result of the work, and at the level of intelligence user.
However, to summarize, in this case is also not worth it. Internet can be compared with the same reference book or encyclopedia. Different people use, seek and accumulate information in different ways.

23 comments:

  1. Interesting.
    But overall I think it has made me smarter. Except when it distracts me from doing my homework, haha.

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  2. Interesting read, probably more of a doubled edged sword. It has made information easier to access and in greater abundance but it's taking away from the problem solving and social skills needed to formerly access info.

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  3. Who needs a library when you've got google ey?
    nice blog

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  4. The internet has made it easier for the wheat and the chaff to separate, in a sense. There are people with better skills at finding and vetting information and expanding their knowledge base than others.

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  5. Sure, google might not require much precision but it has no bearing on what info you actually find and how well youll be required to sift it to get what you need. Hypotheses like that come from old conservative asshats who fear technology and change.

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  6. I think the Internet gives a chance for people to waste a lot of time

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  7. I think it makes us smarter as we can pool similar data to test its reliablity

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  8. I definitely agree with you. It depends on the person as well as how and where the person acquires the information.

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  9. It makes us stronger as information gatherers. Not dumb, or smart. It jjust gives us tools that we can use to go further on less effort

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  10. The internet should be off limits to idiots

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  11. The ability to acquire information has cut down on the need to actually know it

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  12. I think it all depends on where you go/surf on the internet.

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  13. I'd say I've gained a vast amount of knowledge from internet guides and tutorials. It's also the reason my music library is so massive.

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  14. It has improve my life more than I have to it...

    more of a parasitic relationship.

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  15. I'd say it is better than TV, so it's not too bad.

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  16. I agree with you bra.
    If you're a stupid or a n00b, you'll use internet in stupid way, probably; if you know how to use it, maybe internet can help you.

    Oh, I forgot. The internet is for porn.

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  17. I want to get my left eye internet enabled

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  18. While the Internet can provide access to information, it doesn't make anyone smart or grant one the ability to process or synthesize or think critically about the information presented to them. You reap what you sow. Question everything, and you're good to go.

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