Today, internet plays an increasingly more important role in the life of people. However, many specialists grow more and more concerned with the impact of internet on human life and human brain. In this regard, Nicholas Carr’s article Is Google Making Us Stupid? reveals the author’s concern about the growing impact of internet and changes affecting human brain and human life. In fact, this article rather evokes the audience to debate and to study in depth the issue, namely the impact of internet on humans.
The author stands on the ground that internet has a considerable impact on humans. Nicholas Carr argues that today the impact of internet is overwhelming because of the availability of internet to users: Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind (Carr, 2008). In such a way, users can access internet easily. At the same time, the information people receive and send via internet is huge. In fact, the author estimates that today people deal with the unparalleled amount of information, which they can share with the help of internet.
However, the author argues that internet has a significant impact on human brains and human lifestyle. For instance, he pays a lot of attention to how human brains work while reading and he attempts to explore changes that occur to reading techniques as well as to human brain under the impact of internet. For instance, the points out that the more people use the Web, the more they have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing (Carr, 2008). In other words, people grow accustomed to skimming while reading and they can hardly stay focused on long pieces of writing.
Remarkably, the author believes that such changes are just the beginning of more significant changes that can occur to humans and human brains: we still await the long-term neurological and psychological experiments that will provide a definitive picture of how Internet use affects cognition (Carr, 2008). In such a way, Nicholas Carr believes that internet affects the cognitive development of individuals.
In fact, new trends in reading, which he has identified in his study, may be just a beginning of more significant changes. Carr argues that a different kind of reading, and behind it lies a different kind of thinking—perhaps even a new sense of the self (Carr, 2008). At the same time, he places emphasis on the fact that the human brain is almost infinitely malleable (Carr, 2008). Therefore, the author implies that human brain can adapt to change and process a larger amount of information. In a long-run perspective, internet can contribute to the development of new mode of thinking as it has already contributed to the development of new models of reading techniques. In such a way, the author logically leads the audience to the conclusion that internet drives cognitive changes in humans.