Our growing use of screen-based media, she said, has strengthened visual-spatial intelligence, which can strengthen the ability to do jobs that involve keeping track of lots of rapidly changing signals, like piloting a plane or monitoring a patient during surgery. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the 42-page questions that only the most bored person will bother to read and internalize to provide a reasonable answer. People who didn't like solving problems will solve less. Most disagreed with the premise that browsing and skimming through Web sites is lowering our ability to concentrate. Why should I go through a trial and error process when someone else has already done it? So there are plenty of positive effects. Thanks for a great article, Al! His already terse prose had become even tighter, more telegraphic.
But it was well worth it. In many places law enforcement and emergecy services are given priority use of the mobile phone network. In this cloud, we will use intelligent machines, to whom we delegate both simple and complex tasks. He had been forced to curtail his writing, and he feared that he would soon have to give it up. Many of us are finding ways to curtail our time on the internet — unplugging from the internet, email, , texting, tweeting, etc — for hours, days, or even longer. Ambiguity is not an opening for insight but a bug to be fixed.
Deep reading, as Maryanne Wolf argues, is indistinguishable from deep thinking. If there is anything that I have learned in my meandering through life its that knowing something is completely useless if you don't understand what it is you know. I have an excellent example of this here today. This endows them with a aura of respectability, thus leading to more such communities and greater commitment to largely absurd shared beliefs. Our thoughts become disjointed, our memories weak.
Commitment has gone for a lot of people. But really, that is a role that paper has taken over many centuries: did Gutenberg make us stupid? But actually I agree with jacobchrist. We no longer are forced to memorize things - all the information is at our fingertips. And yes, I had that attitude even before the internet! And we still await the long-term neurological and psychological experiments that will provide a definitive picture of how Internet use affects cognition. As the internet trains our brains to be distractible, we are rewiring our synapses and losing capacity for depth.
Via blogs and other personal web sites, I have been able to find solutions to problems even when I have been the only Notes person in the company. Reading on the Internet is not the same experience as reading a book, no doubt about that. What are or not stupid question is the judgement call of the person doing the judging. Whereas the Internet scatters our attention, the book focuses it. 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.
I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in how technology might be affecting our minds. On the other hand, the Internet is likely to be front-and-centre in any developments related to improvements in neuroscience and human cognition research. In other words, this is also your brain off computers. We want to build our own things, even when it. It is silly to reinvent the wheel over and over though I do it all the time. The result is to scatter our attention and diffuse our concentration.
Life has become more complex but we hardly ever notice it because technology has made complexity simpler than ever. You might not understand it. Sometimes bad research gets published. Similar to technology, the convenience of a smart phone is amazing but it should always be used with the knowledge that it could one day just vanish and you need to do things the old way. And much of it is being accessed improperly. Just like a child relies on its parents. We're a nonprofit so it's tax-deductible , and reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget.
Most of us on the web, with our various devices, are becoming aware of both the potential and perils of technology. Most of the time they just work. No reason to memorise everything you need ;- Sven Semel, Sven, this was meant in a way of transporting knowledge over generations. After all, he is an author who makes money writing books. Don't get me wrong, I do not believe the internet to be this 100% beautiful and glorious thing. Research by the Dutch psychologist Ap Dijksterhuis indicates that such breaks in our attention give our unconscious mind time to grapple with a problem, bringing to bear information and cognitive processes unavailable to conscious deliberation. I may have to check it out!! Many of the respondents are long-time experts who have participated in previous Pew surveys; others were recruited especially for this particular effort.
Formulating a Query This seems stupid, I know. But the obvious and only potential cause of this make believe problem never leads to reexamination. I can't offhand, think of any particular examples, except for the facebook person who genuinely thought that factory farmed animals were not the same as other animals. We usually make better decisions, his experiments reveal, if we shift our attention away from a mental challenge for a time. Did I mention he is 28? Cheers, and thanks for reading! Having information available does not make people stupid it makes them smarter.
Unsurprisingly, Gates agrees that the internet can make smart people smarter. You had to change how math is taught at a fundamental level. I am getting better at not doing that, but it has taken me over 40 years of experience programming to get that lazy. Most of the proprietors of the commercial Internet have a financial stake in collecting the crumbs of data we leave behind as we flit from link to link—the more crumbs, the better. Nick Carr is worried the Internet is making us stupid. Volker Weber, Reminds me of: The good thing about the internet: Anyone can take part.