Article worth a read: Is Google making us stupid? What the Internet is doing to our brains …

This article is a few years old but is useful for encouraging us to think about how we consume content and even how we learn.

In this article which is more about the Internet than Google, Carr says “hyperlinks don’t merely point to related works; they propel you toward them” as he makes the point that what the “Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” He goes on to say later “Deep reading, as Maryanne Wolf argues, is indistinguishable from deep thinking“.

While I understand that there are many people who don’t agree with Mr. Carrs hypothesis, I found this really interesting. I think that there is certainly something in the comment about deep reading being indistinguishable from deep thinking. The question is then, with the amount of time we spend on social media these days, considering the content we consume there tends to be in very small chunks, how much of it actually leads us to think meaningfully about anything?

This article is available here: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/306868/

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