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Do You Think The Internet Makes People Dumb?

Before you think I'm the dumb one for asking this question, listen-up to what Nobel Prize–winner Doris Lessing recently said about the Internet:

"We are in a fragmenting culture, where our certainties of even a few decades ago are questioned and where it is common for young men and women, who have had years of education, to know nothing of the world, to have read nothing, knowing only some specialty or other, for instance, computers."

According to TechCrunch, Lessing feels that Internet has seduced a generation, making us ignorant to the world around us. I'll let you think about this one for a minute, but I can tell you three things I know for sure. . . .The Internet has enabled me to travel around the world, educated me in so many ways, and keeps me connected to friends and family (plus a million other things)! What do you think? Do you agree with Lessing?


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ccath ccath 9 years
No way, I can't say how much Internet helped me in learning new things. It's a really powerful tool, most of the things that I know about cooking, fitness, programming and other stuff come from the internet. I don't agree and I always use the internet when I need something ^_^
BabyQueen BabyQueen 9 years
To be honest it might make ppl dumb in ways and in others it doesn't!. everything thing go its bad and good sides!!!
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
In my opinion, absolutely not. The steady decline of intelligence in America has to do with a failing education system, a raised standard of how "smart" we should be, and a lack of parental involvement. The internet opens up a whole new world of information and culture to those who want to seek it. Unfortunately, children are being taught that learning and wanting to find more information about the world are lame, geeky, and completely un-entertaining. Society's overall feelings and atmosphere towards learning are to blame, not the internet. Before my generation had access to the internet on a regular basis, they hated going to school, hated watching the news, etc.
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
I think the internet allows you to find out more information, so if anything, you can know more. I thought this might be more about spelling, punctuation, grammar etc instead of a lack of knowledge.
whatthew00t whatthew00t 9 years
It depends on how people use the Internet. People use the Internet as a means of communication and connection between people (social networks, e-mail, etc). Others may use it for research about various topics from academic to house-cleaning. The Internet is also just a way to have fun during spare time. It is up to the individual on how to use the internet. Sure there are some people who just want things fast and quick and don't want to work hard. But there are others who genuinely use the Internet for their benefit.
sevendayrain sevendayrain 9 years
I feel that the internet is the best thing for education. I have used it in so many projects for school. I feel that it all depends on how you use the internet.
Hanahin Hanahin 9 years
No way !!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I use the internet everyday to look up valuable information and to learn things I wouldn't learn anywhere else. I especially enjoy reading other countries news just to get a broader perspective of different point of views.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
I definitely disagree. Personally, I find that the internet is a valuable tool in terms of research and exploring new topics I knew nothing about.
PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
I think that the Internet can be really helpful to a lot of people. But for all those who are dangerous, or just have no control on life so they end up searching down ALL the WRONG things as they waste the day away, then can make them more unintelligent. But you can learn from useful intelligent websites if you want and need too.
geohiker geohiker 9 years
Maybe it's the incredible amount of information available - more than at any time in history; it can overwhelm people and maybe they are just giving up. I myself LOVE the flow of information, and knowing that I can find out info on any question I ever have!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
Definitely not. The internet is a valuable tool and very useful resource. Like you Geek the internet has helped me travel around the world , brush up on my spanish, and overall have access to tons of information about damn near everything.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
I think it makes you dependent on a computer for info. It also helps to discern what is good information and what is crap! I love the internet and miss it when I don't have it, but I'm neither smarter or dumber with it...
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
No way! I have friends from different countries, if not for the internet I'd likely never have talked to. I research a lot of things online, stay in touch with friends/family, make new friends and also shop. I'm not so sure I could live without it! ;)
Ashenturtle Ashenturtle 9 years
Definately not! It creates an easy way to research anything! You just have to want to find it!
stone_soup stone_soup 9 years
It's a matter of using the Internet appropriately. The problem nowadays is that people simply use the Internet to feed themselves information and to instruct themselves what and how to think. We need to use the Internet the right way, which is to find out more and seek information and knowledge. The thinking and analysing has to be done ourselves. This is the issue, I think. And this is what's making us dumb.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I don't think so. I mean I find out so much information on the web! From what the weather is going to be next week to what a certain word might mean! I think it makes me smarter actally!
kia kia 9 years
The internet is a great tool for information dissemination, but unfortunately most people are not reading peer-reviewed journal articles on Google Scholar or via other databases. I think the way the internet is used by most people only adds to our society's fragmented way of retaining information... quick information bites, like commercials.
undiepants undiepants 9 years
I think that her point was not that it makes people DUMB, but that it makes people more diconnected from the world around them. Just because you know a little more about some place from reading about it on the internet doesn't mean that you understand that culture in the way that you would were you to go out and witness it for yourself. This doesn't have to be limited to far-away countries, we could be talking about the restaurant down the street that you were meaning to go to but instead you read a review of it online. I would have to agree that in many cases people need to experience and be involved in order to fully understand. For some people the internet has started to replace that.
Segat1 Segat1 9 years
I don't think it MAKES people dumb, I daresay it highlights the idiocy of some people. Case in point:
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 9 years
Depends on the person.
sy1217 sy1217 9 years
You can gain a lot of knowledge from the Internet!
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