Is The Internet Making YOU Stupid ?

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This has probably been mentioned here before, so my apologies for that, but I found this interesting - Is the internet making us stupid? | Internet Marketing News and Blog |

In partciular these sections -
"The internet has changed the way we consume and "process" information and thus has changed the way we think or, more appropriately, don't think"

""They found that people using the sites exhibited 'a form of skimming activity,' hopping from one source to another and rarely returning to any source they’d already visited. They typically read no more than one or two pages of an article or book before they would 'bounce' out to another site. Sometimes they’d save a long article, but there’s no evidence that they ever went back and actually read it."

I found this section quite apparent as the first time I cam to this article I scrolled through it, only reading bits here and there. This was one of the bits I did read .... oh the irony !

It reminded me of the way sometimes we are drawn to the highlighted or bold sections on a salespage, or the text placed inside a fancy graphic.

"Carr argues:

"The kind of deep reading that a sequence of printed pages promotes is valuable not just for the knowledge we acquire from the author’s words but for the intellectual vibrations those words set off within our own minds.

"In the quiet spaces opened up by the sustained, undistracted reading of a book, or by any other act of contemplation, for that matter, we make our own associations, draw our own inferences and analogies, foster our own ideas. Deep reading, as Maryanne Wolf argues, is indistinguishable from deep thinking." "

Would this then discourage the reading of an article or ebook, that we wish to study and learn from, onscreen. Would it be advised to print it off and read it this way ?

I could go on picking bits out of that article and making comments on it, but I wont bore you. It was very intresting reading though, let me know what you think !
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Is The Internet Making YOU Stupid ?
    Oh hell, I sure hope not. With assaults on my brain ranging from water fluoridation, microwave, to censurship, I don't know how many more assaults my poor little brian cells can handle *sitting in corner drooling*
    • Profile picture of the author MikeRogers
      Is the internet making me stupid?

      Naaaah... I was already that way when I got here. :p

      Now cell phones on the other hand...

    • Profile picture of the author colinredk
      In one way, it's true. Internet Marketing is making the common man stupid. There is that belief that if it's posted on the internet, then it's true. That belief had its roots in a prior incarnation: "if it's TV (or in the newspapers), then it must be true."

      IM is an exercise in numbers. As a media, IM is numbing internet users into submission to respond and click to some pretty lame ads.

      (But, of course, it's just my opinion that they're lame because they look lame. Usually, only the website owner knows how good the returns are. I had this conversation for a friend, she does copy for an internet copy, and they run some websites, email blasts and newsletters, and I mentioned that their pages and ads look lame. Her rebuttal was to the point. The company netted 30+million dollars last year. I couldn't argue with that.)
  • Profile picture of the author chriswight
    This is the same behavior people exhibit when reading the newspaper, and we've been conditioned to do so.

    There's mention of this in the book Made to Stick, about how articles use what's called the inverted pyramid style, where the most important information is contained in the first paragraph of an article. In journalism, this section is called the "lead" and it makes or breaks a good journalist.

    The concept of the lead supposedly comes from the US Civil War where journalists had to convey the most important information of the story as quickly as possible over telegraph, lest they be pushed aside by soldiers sending vital info or the telegraph line being cut.
    • Profile picture of the author Michael Stuart Kelly
      Yes, the Internet is making me stupid.

      (Sorry, can't dally. I've got to surf...)

    • Profile picture of the author Andy

      Who you calling stupid! You can't even spell "car"!

      God bless,


      Um, actually... you may have a point.
    • Profile picture of the author pwebbiz
      I'm going to be blatent and honest,

      IM has made me a really lazy A-Hole....

      ....I'm feeling too lazy to sign this....

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