Well folks after reading the two articles presented to us on the Faculty Ning I can say that I do not feel any dumber or smarter for using the Internet but I can agree with points put forth in both articles. This is an interesting debate and I am sure that after questioning a few people about their thoughts on the issue the results would most likely be split.
On the dumber side of the argument I like how lots of the points in the argument are backed up with results from research. I can understand that with the use of the internet through computers, smartphones, ipods, etc. it does create a lot of distraction in our lives and I agree that with the amount of distraction people may tend to lose concentration in school. Today the world goes by so fast that people are constantly multi tasking as they go to work send emails, text their spouse, schedule appointments, jot down grocery lists, plan the weekend activities. It does not surprise me that because of all this multi tasking people have become less creative and inventive as they are just trying to get by. Although I can understand what the article is presenting that does not mean that I like it. I am not a huge fan of an article that basically tells me that I am becoming dumber along with the rest of society. Lets face it that is not something that people want to hear.
The internet can't be all bad though right? People are constantly making contributions to society through the internet such as Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The people who create these social media devices are brilliant minded. There are so many things on the internet that people use that can expose them to new information or facts. It is our responsiblity to take the time to concentrate on the information and connect it to prior knowledge so that it eventually has meaning and is stored in our long term memory. People tend to scan so many different sites and facts at once that it just goes in and out of our working memory. The internet most definitely has the ability to make use smarter we just have to use it correctly.
This is a debate that could go on forever as we are smack dab in the middle of the digital age and is something we will be a part of for likey the rest of our lives.
Thats all folks!
Oh ya.......green and yellow, congrats Pack!