Damir Collins

Damir Collins

ENGL 1102: Writing and Rhetoric

Elise Barker

September 30, 2022

Analysis on Is Google Making Us Stupid

In the article Is Google Making Us Stupid? written by Nicholas Carr, several examples prove that many writers, bloggers, and readers have lost their interest in books. Instead, they browse the internet for any information they need. As much as internet browsing takes a few minutes, which could take days, the author argues that Google has made him lack concentration and contemplation. Carr says, ‘My mind now expects to take the information the way the Net gives it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles.’(p.3) He also says people have started using technological tools to think for them. I disagree with the point that Google has made people lack concentration and contemplation from the article Is Google Making Us Stupid? because Google does not only provide the most accurate results, but it is also free and has exceptional filtering options.

First, I disagree because Google has been known over the years since the emergence of the internet to provide reliable and efficient results. Google enhances user engagement by removing spinning content, spamming text, and information enhanced via unnatural link schemes (Kurmar and Bervell 3). You can find answers to your questions using Google to find a term or sentence. Its values include which publications and postings are the most pertinent for a search keyword by taking into account user activity. Google is the most significant opportunity out of all search engines to enhance the query results analyzing users because it has such an extensive database of users (Kurmar and Bervell 4). Additionally, Google facilitates finding the solutions you seek by providing improved search results. All these activities done by Google take a concise amount of time.

Secondly, I disagree because Google is free to access. There is no charge required to access information that is available on Google. You need a gadget such as a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone and access to an internet connection. Being free gives students and scholars much information (Surdasana et al. 3). They do not have to buy physical books, which are more costly. Academics and students can use Google Books, which now has a more user-friendly interface, to explore books, examine writer bios, and navigate among publications. They can rate an ebook, add it to their collection, or even locate local libraries where they can check out an actual copy of the book. Google operates a unique search tool called Google Scholar that solely displays academic publications or judicial precedents. Scholarly papers and other primary articles have studies and research (Surdasana et al. 6). One may quickly bookmark articles and view the various occasions each has been cited. In addition, Google Scholar is the most excellent search tool for locating reliable references rather than haphazard blog entries online.

Lastly, I disagree because Google has spectacular filter tools which help focus on particular items that a user wants to find. In Google, other manual techniques are referred to as operators, which enable you to obtain more precise results. The filtering options enable users to find information in a specific language, from a specific time or date, and in a particular format, depending on which is relevant. Including a keyword after a search can also eliminate results from a search. One can enclose a search word in quotations to display only results that are an exact match. A person can alter the search results using a variety of other Google search variables, for example, inurl, filetype, allintitle, intext, and intitle. The filter tools help find information that would be found in many days to be found in a matter of minutes.

In conclusion, Google has proven effective in academic research. In addition to offering the most detailed findings, Google is cost-free and provides excellent filtering tools. Carr argued that Google has made people lack concentration and contemplation. This is not the case because people only allow their minds believe what they want to believe (Haim et al. 334). They find Google more effective than reading books but do not want to admit it. Due to future technological changes, Google will be so helpful and should not be considered a threat to the mind.

Works Cited

Carr, Nicholas.”Is Google Making us Stupid?” The Atlantic. July/August 2008 https://www.theatlantic.com/margazine/archive/2008/.7/is-google-making-us-stupid/306868/.

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