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The rapid expansion of internet has increased our reliance on internet search engines and social media. The main advantage of this is that we can easily find information that we are looking for and connect with other people. However, the main disadvantage is that we can also easily get overwhelmed with information and spend much time on the internet instead of doing other things. This has led to the occurrence of mental capabilities and disorders. This paper compares the article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nichol Carr and the article, “Snapchat Depression,” by Nassir Ghaemi. The two articles are related because in his article, Nichol discusses how technology has altered the way people think and process information, while Nassir the potential negative effects of the popular social media app Snapchat. Both authors believe that communication technology negatively impacts human brain capabilities because technology alters how human think and process information.
The article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nichol us Carr discusses how the technology has altered the way we think and process information. He cites studies that suggest that people who frequently use the internet are more likely to have shorter attention spans and are more likely to be easily distracted. He argues that the internet encourages us to constantly seek new information rather than engage with a single piece of information. He argues that the internet has made us less patient and has decreased our attention spans. The author believes the internet is rewiring our brains and making us less capable of deep thinking. The article is about how the author believes that Google is changing how people think, not necessarily in a good way. He argues that because we can now find information so easily and quickly, we can no longer think for ourselves or remember things as well as we used to. He claims that we are becoming more reliant on technology, causing our attention spans to shorten and our ability to think deeply to decline. The author believes that technology is slowly making us less intelligent. He argues that the internet has “reshaped” our brains, making them more “patchwork” and “scattered.” He states that we are losing our ability to think critically and analytically as we rely more and more on the internet for information. He states, “the Net is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles (Carr, 2008).” The author believes this about technology as he cites several examples, such as how we are more likely to skim online articles than to read them in-depth or how we are more likely to rely on search engines to answer our questions instead of using our reasoning.
In the article “Snapchat Depression,” Nassir Ghaemi discusses the potential negative effects of the popular social media app Snapchat. He argues that Snapchat’s “streaks” feature, which encourages users to send each other snaps daily, can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. He also suggests that the app’s “Snap Map” feature, which allows users to see the location of their friends on a map, can lead to feelings of envy and loneliness. The author cites several reasons for this belief. First, the author notes that technology can be a source of distraction. This can lead to people feeling isolated and lonely. Second, the author notes that technology can be a source of stress. This can lead to people feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Third, the author notes that technology can be a source of negative comparison. This can lead to people feeling inferior and down about themselves. Fourth, technology can be addictive and lead to unhealthy habits, and it can cause people to compare their lives to others and feel inadequate. Fifth, technology can desensitize people to violence and suffering and contribute to feelings of restlessness and impatience. “When we compare ourselves to others, we are more likely to be depressed,” Ghaemi said. “And when we compare ourselves to ourselves, we are more likely to be anxious (Ghaemi, 2018).” Nassir Ghaemi offers several solutions for those suffering from Snapchat depression. He recommends that people limit their time on the app, use it to connect with friends and family and be aware of the content they are consuming. He also suggests that people turn off notifications for the app and delete them from their phones if they find it to be a trigger for their depression. The author suggests that parents must be more aware of the potential risks of social media. He recommends limiting their children’s use of Snapchat and other similar platforms. He believes schools need to do a better job of educating kids about the dangers of social media. He thinks they should teach kids how to use social media positively and deal with the negative aspects. He believes that Snapchat and other social media platforms must monitor their content better. He thinks they should remove any images or videos that could cause harm to users (Ghaemi, 2018).
In conclusion, both authors raise some valid points about how reliance on search engines may negatively impact our ability to remember information and think critically. However, it is important to remember that search engines are tools that can supplement our knowledge rather than replace it. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to decide how to use these tools in a way that best supports their learning and research goals.
Carr, N. (2008). “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”. Retrieved 5 October 2022, from. (Carr, 2008)
Ghaemi, N. (2018). Snapchat Depression”, Nassir. Retrieved 5 October 2022, from. (Ghaemi, 2018)