Is The Internet “Making Us Stupid”?

I visit a couple of debate sites….it helps me keep centered on the pulse of the country….

I have had this conversation with a few of my fellow bloggers and now I want to let them in on the site in case they would like to join the debate…..

In a 2008 article for The Atlantic, Nicholas Carr asked, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Carr argued that the internet as a whole, not just Google, has been “chipping away [at his] capacity for concentration and contemplation.” He was concerned that the internet was “reprogramming us.” 

However, Carr also noted that we should “be skeptical of [his] skepticism,” because maybe he’s “just a worrywart.” He explained, “Just as there’s a tendency to glorify technological progress, there’s a countertendency to expect the worst of every new tool or machine.” 

The article, and Carr’s subsequent book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (2010, revised in 2020), ignited a continuing debate on and off the internet about how the medium is changing the ways we think, how we interact with text and each other, and the very fabric of society as a whole.

I have made my thoughts known…..yes it is making us stupid….all the conspiracies, misinformation and lies and hatred….that our society suffers with division and hate.

Please visit the site and make your opinions and thoughts known…..maybe you can help make a difference….after all it could not hurt.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”


6 thoughts on “Is The Internet “Making Us Stupid”?

  1. I would agree that there’s a ton of things currently making us more stupid*, the internet is just one of those things.

    *this is evidenced by the fact that nearly everyone literally holds the entire compendium of human knowledge in the palm of our hands….and we use that to play games and invest in social media drama…..

  2. There were plenty of very stupid people before the Internet was invented. The sort who would have been stupid then are stupid now.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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