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Google is Making Us Stupid and Other Perceptions of the Modern World

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“The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle” (Carr 572). We are no longer learning information and knowledge from books, experience, and human interactions. In Nicholas Carr’s essay Is Google Making Us id, the human race is mistreating such a vast resource known as “Google”. Google is not just a bank of information anymore it is social media, it is online gaming, a collection of media, and online shopping. This resource has both a positive and negative impact on our society. Having this powerful tool at the tip of our fingers has made us easily tempted to be dependent on it. Instead of taking the time to learn and improve ourselves as human beings we abuse the resource for selfish reasons. Google is thinking for us rather than allowing us to think for ourselves, we are becoming heavily dependent on artificial intelligence while artificial intelligence is becoming independent.

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It is argued that Google may actually be helping us. Artificial Intelligence helps us stay connected with friends around the globe with instant, quick, and easy communication and also being able to stay connected with current events and being constantly updated with what is happening around the world. “After all, the increasing use of digital media does offer significant benefits by supporting early learning, satisfying a child’s curiosity, and even encouraging the development of healthy coping skills. For example, if a child expresses to Alexa that they feel sad, the AI offers a positive, solutions-based re- sponse: ‘‘I’m sorry to hear that. Talking to a friend, listening to music, or taking a walk may help’’(Wiederhold 471). Google is more than just finding research on the Internet it offers easy accessible information which can be used to our own advantage.

However, Google is as simple as saying “just Google it”. We find information within seconds on Google without actually having to do any of the work and looking through books anymore. “Research that once required days in stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes. A few Google searches, some quick clicks on hyperlinks, and I’ve got the telltale fact or pithy quote I was after” (Carr 572). We do not think as deeply and intelligently as we did when we had to do our own research with physical copies of books. Now we have a Google engine search bar that does all the thinking and research for us. We do a lot more scrolling, skimming, and browsing than actually reading the context because we know exactly what we are looking for and know exactly what we need. “The Net… is chipping away [our] capacity for concentration and contemplation’ (Carr 573). It is ten times easier to just google something than to find the information and research ourselves, but sometimes the information on Google can be false information.

Although, those who frequently use Google everyday cannot remember the order of its very own original unique colour pattern. The internet today is a very powerful type of Artificial Intelligence that is slowly become more and more human like. They are slowly starting to talk and have human like voice such as “Siri” and “Hey Google”. Google is becoming our friend and we are slowly starting to rely heavily upon on it on our daily lives. When daily internet users go a day without using the internet , they can experience familiar symptoms similar to drug addiction, and have other problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, or loneliness. (Smith et al). “Like the use of drugs and alcohol, they can trigger the release of the brain chemical dopamine and alter your mood” (Smith et al). These Internet users put way too much time and attention onto a screen, rather than focusing on the real world and seeing what is going on around them and interacting with others (Smith et al). Artificial Intelligence has made it so much easier and faster to quickly find the answers to anything and even to a simple search. We can now check current events online without having to turn the television on or reading a physical copy of a newspaper because everything is being put online. The Google has such a powerful effect on the human brain, people can get addicted to internet usage and can limit themselves from having their own unique thoughts. “Humans are the clear winners in the pathos category because AI is not yet capable of human emotion” (Love et al 1279).  

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