The emergence of technology has led to inventions aimed at making man’s life easier. Historically, man went about his day performing his tasks manually. Gradually machineries were invented to make work easy. Farm machineries simplified farm work that was characterized by hard labor. In offices machines took up task that man used to perform manually. Task such as writing and paper filing ceased to exist as they were replaced by computers. Technological changes are dynamic meaning inventions are bound to arise. The invention of the World Wide Web was the ultimate technological advancement that man had been waiting for. Any information that man needed could be accessed with ease via the internet. Students, instructors, researchers and virtually anyone can use the internet to access any type of information he or she may need. This form of technological advancement may be viewed as a positive step towards development. However, the internet/world web has resulted to a reduction of man’s intelligence as he has grown dependant on the internet even for basic common sense tasks.
The internet has resulted to a reduction of man’s concentration when faced with a task that requires intensive involvement of the mind. The joys of reading a text from the first to the last page are nonexistent as readers prefer to read the summarized versions found on the internet. Individuals with easy access to the internet prefer to read summarized notes of an article or a book than read the entire book. Man no longer has the concentration to read and entire hard copy of a text. The task of manually reading a book is nowadays seen as tiring and time consuming.
The internet has also affected the reasoning capabilities of man. In the past, a researcher would visit the library and peruse through different text, journal and articles before beginning the writing task. The emergence of Google has seen researchers take less than twenty minutes to source for information for their research. There mere click of a button in Google provides a researcher with immense information. While this may be viewed as a positive attribute to the internet, it has affected man’s ability to reason (Carr, 2008). Man only goes through the information provided after the internet search. The traditional mode of searching through different books and article in the library broadened the researchers mind as he read text and books that had information beyond his topic. Google fails to provide man with a broadened knowledge base as the internet search is very specific.
The internet also interferes with a reader’s ability to absorb information and retain it for long. The internet has created a sort of dependability that has made the human brain lazy. Man reads content for the sake of reading and acquiring the immediate information. For instance, when completing an assignment, a student will specifically search through the internet for the answer. He will have no interest in prior information related to the answer. The student will also write answers as provided on the internet without critically thinking over it. The internet also provides readers with the ability to scan over text hence low retention of information.
In the past, reading through books required optimal concentration so as to absorb all information. A reader would be determined to comprehend all information on a book so as to avoid reading the text again (Carr, 2008). Information on the internet is, unfortunately, readily available hence reader see no need to delve so much on the information. Readers no longer bother to recall information that they are confident they can find on the internet. A mere click of a button will take them to the exact material they are seeking. The hassle of reading text again in case some information is forgotten is none existent.
The internet has also taken up the role of the human brain to think, analyze and resolve problems. In short, the internet has taken over most task that involved intellectual activities. The emergence of technology saw the emergence of the internet that could be programmed to perform any task. For instance, man does not have to remember that he has an appointment at a given time on a given date. He can easily set his computer to remind him when the day arrives. The adult brain is said to be very plastic hence nerve cells breakdown, and new ones are created (Carr, 2008). This is to say that an individual that was accustomed to critical thinking and analysis, as well as reading lengthy texts will gradually find it impossible to read long texts. The task of skimming through a document becomes attractive compared to the task of reading through paragraphs of a text.
Other than making man intelligent technology has diffused man’s intelligence by scattering his thoughts and attention. Traditionally, man used to read through one text at time, comprehending the details of the text before moving to another. Technology has introduced pop-ups ads. The pop-up and ads are short messages carrying snippets of information for readers. When a reader opens a web page, he is bombarded with information from the main text; pop-up ads ad text crawls on the screen (Carr, 2008). A reader thus gets tit-bits of everything, but lacks detailed knowledge of the little bits of information he has acquired. In the long run, rather than making man intelligible, and knowledgeable the internet turns man into a confused person with a mix up of relevant and irrelevant information.
There has a tendency for societies to glorify technology to the extent that man ignores the glaring deficits of these systems. It is undeniable that technology has made work simpler for mankind, but it is gradually replacing his intelligence and converting man into a robot that can be manipulated. Technology and specifically the internet have made man less intelligent than before. The desire to reason and think has dwindled as man has become reliant on the internet for all answers. The society, in an effort to keep up with the trend, has also molded to incorporate technology. It is common to see pop-up ads and texts wraps scrolling through the television and the computers. The small bits of information leave readers with numerous bits of information that they cannot easily connect and make sense of them. Man’s ability to absorb information has also dwindled as he has become reliant on content from the internet. The process of reading as practiced in the past is now perceived as tiring task. Reading is no longer a prerequisite as any information can be acquired by a single click of a button. So before embracing all forms of technology introduced in the society, it is time man analyzes its effects. The negative effects of the internet may be slow and gradual, but they may eventually leave man like zombies, with minimal mental capabilities.
Carr, N. (2008). Is Google making us stupid? Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/306868/