Thursday, October 8, 2015

How the Internet Can Affect Your Brain

When you want to find out the weather, the definition of a word, or maybe your
homework assignment due next period, where do you look? I'm guessing most people would agree that their first thought is, "I'll check my phone." My generation is lucky to be able to find out almost anything they want with a few taps of their fingertips, and we definitely take advantage of it. Not that it's a bad thing, but we should probably consider the consequences. A study conducted by Harvard scientists in 2011 showed that a college student is less likely to remember information if they know they can easily look it up later. This shows that instead of relying on our brains to store long-term information, we can sometimes subconsciously leave it to Google.
 Do you believe the Internet affects how we think?

If so, what could we do to cut off this dependence on our phones/ the internet?

20 comments:

  1. I do believe that the Internet affects how we think. I believe that if we didn't have smart phones or computers to look up information all the time that we would remember a lot more because we wouldn't have something that we can go to and find an answer within 30 seconds. I also think it would open us up to new experiences and outside activities rather than being indoors on the internet all day.

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  2. I agree that the internet affects the way we think, ever since I got to high school and I started to use the internet more often I find it more and more difficult to just sit down and read a book for longer than a few minutes, I think that a simple solution is to be more active and cut down on the amount of "screen time" that we have and do things such as read a book or go outside and exersize,

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  3. I do believe that the Internet affects the way we think and the way we see the world around us. We are so focused on the screen Infront of us rather than embracing the beauty around us. At such a young age we were exposed to the Internet and all of it's amazing attributes. No one can deny that they didn't ask to play games on the computer, phones, Xbox, etc. we have been so comfortable using technology that it scares me to think how life will be in the future if it already affects the way we live and learn.

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  4. I agree that the internet makes people not be as strict to remembering information since they can just look on their phones, but I think that the internet can help people as well though as a last resource if you can't find out anywhere else. My mom does the daily crossword puzzles and she'll fill out everything she knows, then for the ones she doesn't know at all, she'll look on the internet as her last resource. She is able to remember after that and doesn't have to use the internet to find out that information again later. I think a way to cut off our dependence of our phones and the internet is to learn to play a new instrument because we can't use the internet for that and I know that those require using both sides of the brain which helps strengthen and balance it so that we are using both sides of our brains since relying on the internet will imbalance the right side of our brain to the left.

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  5. I 110% think that the internet affects the human brain to have less storage on long-term information. I catch myself asking simple questions to Siri or Google everyday, because I'm lazy and just because I can. Looking back, I never used my phone really to answer questions. It wasn't until I got into highschool where everything evolved around technology, and it just became apart of me. I remember turning in homework through computers, creating myself a user for gmail, and all of these different things for the first time. The internet is essentially there to help our advanced / developed environment now and does come with many benefits, but it can become addicting. Technology is strictly apart of human agriculture today so it's technically required for us to use it, but we can start limiting the time on it to keep our brains working!

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  6. Wow, that's scary. But is it really that bad? Are there other negative side affects of the internet? How does this affect other aspects of my life?

    On an unrelated note, one of the reading sections on my SAT had articles about how the internet does/does not affect your brain.

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  7. yes i believe that the internet impacts the way that we think because i feel like for my self i dont really think things out and try to fine the answer im just like " oh i can look on Google." i reliea on the intent way to much. i feel like the brain is no longer trying to store things in are memories because for like half a decade we could just easier to look something up and if we forget look it back up.

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  8. I believe that the internet can affect the way we think. Instead of remembering things such as what was for homework or what we have planned for the day, we rely on our phones to remind us. This dependency on our phones to remember things for us reduces the amount of information we have to memorize. The lack of using our memory can cause us to not have a strong memory since we don't use our memory as often as we should. We should try to depend on our phones less often and rely more on our memory in order to improve our memory.

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  9. I do think that the internet has affected the way we think. It has made it a lot easier for us to access information and other things like that. I do think that the internet has made our lives a lot easier because it brings a lot of advantages to us like keeping in contact with people and information, but it has had it's downsides to it. The internet has made it a lot easier to do things, which gives us the short end of the stick because it takes away the opportunity to think more in depth of things. I think by managing our time that we spend on the internet can help us keep our brains more active in areas that don't get used as often.

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  10. I do think that we rely on the internet too much and it does end up affecting the way we think. We arnt focusing on trying to learn or use resources around us to learn new things because we can easily access it on the Internet. By traveling and going places we can learn and experience so much around us. I traveled to Europe over the summer and learned a lot about the history of Rome and got to see some of the ancient ruins. I thought it was a lot more interesting and fascinating to learn it by seeing then by reading it off the enternet. I think that more people should travel and learn by traveling and seeing the world around them having their head stuck in a phone or computer their whole life.

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  11. I strongly agree with this article, not only because of my own experiences but what i hear from friends and see around me. Internet and out phones are always a go to when it comes to not knowing something. and because we know the internet is always going to be there and the information we choose not to store it in our brain instead we store the fact that we can always just ask our tech devices again.

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  12. I don't mean to be pessimistic or anything, but at this age and era, getting people to stop relying on the internet would extremely difficult. I totally agree that the internet affects the way we think, in fact it's probably one of the leading factors of societal influence on our brain. We've allowed ourselves to be handicapped by the comforts of technology, and honestly, I don't know how we'll get out of it.

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  13. I agree with the article. We rely so much on the internet because it's the easy way to find out something you need to know. Which doesn't let us store things in our brains that we should be remembering. I don't think we can cut off this dependence on the internet because our daily life has so much to do with it.

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  14. We are privileged to look up things whenever we want, but I think we have taken advantage of that. Whenever people don't know something, for most people it is instinct to say, "I'll Google it." I think googling stuff does take away from our thinking because we already know an answer will be given. It's taking a shortcut and being lazy to learn things and remember them. With this situation, I don't think there is away to stop this, or decrease it a little because this generation is so used to the internet.

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  15. I agree with this article because yes its what everyone first does , if they want to know something that others don't, they use the internet to try to find the answer because you know that the internet will always have an answer for you. This way it can affect our brain knowledge because the internet is a easy place to get info.

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  16. I think the internet can really affect our brains because if every piece of knowledge is available at the tip of our fingers, there will be no reason for our brains to store information. this could cause us to be always dependent on our phones.

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  17. the internet can totally effect the way some ones feels or react about something like i know for me when ever i have a question the first place i go is google and this has led to me making decisions based on what i have read on the internet, maybe the internet is not as good as i thought

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  18. The internet is becoming a replacement for memory. However, this is not a new occurrence. Humans have traded skills for technology for as long as there have been tools. People forgot how to hunt when farms were invented. People forgot how to farm when factory farms were invented. Humanity changes as it creates. The only way to avoid it is to forgo technology. However, that would reduce your ability to live in a society that moves on without you. In short, we are so dependent on technology that phones are not a big deal.

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  19. I think that the internet is a very reliable way to get by but it also has its cons. I do think that the internet has made our lives a lot easier because it brings a lot of advantages to us like keeping in contact with people and information, but it has had it's downsides to it. The internet has made it a lot easier to do things, which gives us the short end of the stick because it takes away the opportunity to think more in depth of things

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  20. I think that the internet is not the best way to go through school I mean we all can find any kind of answers with a smartphone and we won't actually be learning anything so we should all put away the phone when it comes to school so we can actually learn and think about the answer instead of easily finding the answer through the internet. I think we disconnect from the world by using our phones like I know its a good way to stay in contact with friends and family but it can also be a distraction. With all this social media you won't be able to keep your eyes off your phone and socialize with the people around you.

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