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In the world of technology, do you think that the internet or Google is making us stupid by just simply looking up information on the internet rather than in a book?

asked May 15 '11 at 09:44

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edited May 17 '11 at 12:41

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The question should be is the Internet making us stupid. Google is just a common search engine but not the only one.

(May 15 '11 at 10:37) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

Changed it to internet... As ryebread761 said.

(May 17 '11 at 12:41) Saakeman Saakeman's gravatar image

Why would reading the information on the internet make it any less educational than reading it from a book?

answered May 15 '11 at 09:52

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Well the information on the internet may not be true because anyone can put it on there

(May 15 '11 at 09:55) pcknowsbest pcknowsbest's gravatar image

Many many books have it wrong too

(May 15 '11 at 10:12) Gorer22 Gorer22's gravatar image

The internet is a book, just electronic.

(May 17 '11 at 12:43) Saakeman Saakeman's gravatar image

Of course not. Even official sources can be inaccurate or even outright wrong. I never rely upon one information source exclusively.

I cross reference sources of info to ensure I’m getting as factual info as reasonably possible.

I’ve learned a lot via Google & the Internet in general.

Plus, Some sources of info found online aren’t tainted by bias.

answered May 15 '11 at 10:37

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Stupid, no, but maybe ignorant in some ways, such as ignorant to the fact that tons of research is often done on topics, and by simply googleing we may adapt a flippant attitude towards discovering new information, and also we are not always considering the accuracy of the topic, such as if we were reading an encyclopedia, it would be undoubtedly right, but some guy on a blog may not always be checking his sources (if he even has any).

answered May 15 '11 at 12:34

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I know to take blog posts with a grain of salt but offical sources can also be inaccurate.

Therefore, I always use prudence when researching or just general browsing of information.

(May 16 '11 at 14:10) BlazeEagle BlazeEagle's gravatar image

I don't believe the actual site "Google" is making us "stupid". I'm not sure that anything on the internet can make us "stupid." I do believe, however, that things on the internet can be false. You don't always want to trust everything you read on the internet. It could have an effect on us that makes us less "knowledgeable" but certainly not "stupid."

My main point is, you need to be careful with what you read and believe on the internet. Not everything is true and a lot of things don't have facts that back up what the article is trying to say.

answered May 16 '11 at 23:08

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Lazy, yes. Stupid, no.

Unless reading up more about the stuff we're interested in makes us stupid.

answered May 17 '11 at 07:30

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Billy Aoki

The point here is that it is reducing our memory capacities in certain cases like instead of remembering dates and phone numbers, we now exclusively depend on our phones etc. for them.

answered May 17 '11 at 14:16

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