Is the internet harming our intellectual acuity?
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Is the internet harming our intellectual acuity?
There’s been a never ending debate of whether or not the internet is impairing us intellectually. Before doing some research I’ve also found a correlation with bad test scores and heavy internet and television use, but after reading these articles I have been persuaded otherwise.

Many of these articles have something in common and that is NIcholas Carr. His article: Is Google Making us Stupid, served as inspiration for many others to explore this topic. In many of my articles he is often refuted. In the beginning I explores an article called “Future Of the Internet,” it interviews experts and stakeholders and asks them of their opinions on the fate of technology in the year 2020. Majority of these people believe that technology will enhance human intelligence by the year 2020 and 65% believe it will improve reading and writing skills.

Another article I researched discusses adopting technology in the school system. The whole article weighs the options of adding technology. They mention that the most important part of adding technology to education is know how to use it and teaching the educator to integrate technology into their lesson plans.

I have always been against children using IPads for example to do their homework. I have always been an advocate for the traditional pen and paper, but articles like these it can pursued you other wise. For example the article from ABC News interviewed kids with genius IQ’s from all over the world and found that technology actually enhanced them intellectually, they also found that the IQ in the US has risen nearly 10 points since the ‘80s (since then technology has greatly advanced).

Although the internet has proven to benefit kids, I found in many instances where it can be harmful. For example I found an article that discusses not wether or not the internet is making us dumb, but if its dumb for children to use the internet. Children don’t understand how public the internet is and some information they post can harm them.

There are also many articles that we can relate with like Jeff Bercovici’s article “We're All Internet Addicts, And We're All Screwed, Says Newsweek.” He talks through his own personal experience on how the internet has made him loose his mind and become lazy. He vents about how his addiction to the internet has made his crazy and its making him loose touch with reality.

Many experts found that technology is not harming our memory, but is changing the way we remember things. For instance someone may not remember certain information but will know where to find it.

After reading all this research my opinion on the internet has definitely changed. I’ve realized that its not the internet that’s making us dumber or smarter its how we use it. If we use the internet to constantly update our statues, or lookup the latest celebrity gossip it will definite harm us intellectually. But if we use it to look up news stories and maybe do some beneficial research it can be a great thing. It’s all in our hands, we can use it anyway we want, but in the end its our responsibility.
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How the Internet is making us stupid

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Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, asks if the Internet is changing the way we think.



Although the world wide web has been around
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The question: Is the internet making us stupid? has been answered in many ways, but another question is still in the back of our minds: HOW is the internet making us stupid? NIcholas Carr talkes about his personal experience, and believes that the internet is stoping our minds from focusing with constant distractions and interruptions. He mentions a study where they found that people that multitask heavily do worse on exam than people who hardly do. 

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Twitter at 7: Smart or stupid, we are what we tweet

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In a time when 140 characters can kill careers, we wonder: Does tech make us stupid? And will we ever learn?
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Two teenage boys were found guilty of raping a 16 year old girl and the evidence was found off of Twitter. This article doesn't argue that Twitter is necessarily making us stupid, but that it's a stupid decision to allow a child to have a Twitter. People are very comfortable posting things on Twitter, but do not realize that any person including government employees, like the police have access to it. 

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Will Google Make us Smarter? Internet Experts Say Yes, but With Caveats

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Lea Winerman refers to the article: Is Google Making us Stupid? by Nicholas Carr. She refutes Carrs argument and found from experts that the internet is overall making us smarter, but its changing the definition of human intelligence.  She also refers to some experts that believe the the internet is producing creativity. 

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Is the Internet Making Us Dumber?

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Many scholars and critics warn that TV and the Internet are dumbing us down. But, if that's true, why are children around the world performing better on IQ tests? Are we actually getting smarter, or are we merely thinking in different ways?
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This articles takes an interesting turn and discusses how technologies is creating geniuses around the world. They explore several kids that have IQs of 130 and higher. This articles mocks the experts that believe the technologys like the internet and television has harmed us intellectually, and found that since the 1980s IQ in the US has risen by nearly 10 points. 

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Google Is Making Us Stupid and Smart at the Same Time?

Google Is Making Us Stupid and Smart at the Same Time? | Is the internet harming our intellectual acuity? | Scoop.it
New research about how the Internet affects our brains. Summary: It's complicated
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Adam Estes explores both side of the argument. He starts off to mentioning Nicholas Carr popular article:"Is Google Making us Stupid?"He believes it was that article that inspired research about the internet and its effect on our brains. He presents both sides of the argument and in one particular findings he mentions that recent research found that internet isn't really harming our memory but changing the way we remember things. For example someone may not remember information but can remember where they can find the information. 

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Looking Back to the Future of Educational Technology

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This article takes us into a different direction and discusses how we can apply technology to education. It argues that technology integrated properly into our education system can be very beneficial.  It also argues that “Learning technical skills alone is not sufficient—learning how to integrate technologies into teaching is equally important.” It concludes by saying that if technology can truly benefit us intellectually then we must find a way to foster it in our children's education. 

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If technology is making us stupid, it's not technology’s fault | DMLcentral

If technology is making us stupid, it's not technology’s fault | DMLcentral | Is the internet harming our intellectual acuity? | Scoop.it
There has been growing concern that computers have failed to live up to the promise of improving learning for school kids.  The New York Times, The Washington Post, and PBS have all done stories recently calling into question the benefits of computers...
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We've heard from many sources about the never ending debate: Is the internet making us stupid? David GoldBerg says that technology has nothing to do with it, it’s all how we use it. If we are allowing our children to use the internet to update their status instead of using it for educational purposes then it will make us stupid. Its time to stop blaming technology and start blaming ourselves.

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This Is Your Brain on Twitter

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Is Twitter making you stupid? It depends entirely on how you use it.
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This article explores a different side of the internet, and that is social networking websites, in particular Twitter. Nick Bilton explores how people use Twitter and believes Twitter can absolutely make us dumber if we use it to follow "Funny cats that speak with poor grammar." But if we use it to follow for example news sites, writes, and intellectuals then it can be beneficial.

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Does the Internet Make You Smarter?

Does the Internet Make You Smarter? | Is the internet harming our intellectual acuity? | Scoop.it
Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky.
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"Whenever media become more abundant, average quality falls quickly."Clay Shirky explores the history of technology, and believes it’s being misused from thousands of years ago. He gave the example of the history of print, and how we got erotic novels published before we got  scientific journals, and that same phenomenon is occurring with our modern technology.

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Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart - Chad Wellmon

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The Hedgehog Review - Volume 14, No. 1 (Spring 2012) - Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart - Chad Wellmon
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We have reached an era where we can access a great deal of information easily. Chad Wellmon believes that because we have so much information at our disposal  we can view it as having an abundance of information  or information overload. With that he explores the argument is Google making us stupid...Or smart?

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We're All Internet Addicts, And We're All Screwed, Says Newsweek

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Are you sitting down? I hope so, because I've got some bad news. Actually, scratch that: Sitting down will probably kill you, and I don't think I can handle another upset today.
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Jeff Bercovici explores the side effects of technology. He believes that it can have a negative affect on you not just intellectually, but emotionally and psychologically. He writes this article through personal experience. He states that his countless hours spent on the internet has left him feeling crazy and made him lazy.

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Future of the Internet

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This article presents a survey that was conducted in 2010 focusing on the future of the internet. It surveyed 895 experts and stakeholders about what kind of social, economic and political change we should expect from the internet by the year 2020. Of these experts 76% agree that the internet will "enhance human intelligence," refuting Nicholas Carr's claim that google is making us stupid. Also 65% believe that it will enhance our reading and writing skills by 2020. 

 

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