The amount of stimulation the Internet can provide can be overwhelming at times, but I think that this characteristic may be surpassed by the benefits of having large amounts of information at your fingertips.
“Googling” has become almost a daily part of our lives, and only becomes more so as the power of the Google search engines increases its reach. There is, however, an ongoing debate about whether this type of accessibility through technology is making us smarter or dumber.
Though people may argue that having such tempting access to vast oceans of random things on the Internet, I do not think that people can blame the Internet for their own lack of focus, concentration, or contemplation.
We’ve been through similar experiences with the onset of cable television, but the Internet seems to be the new scapegoat for decreased productivity or intelligent thought.
I tend to agree with this author from Discover Magazine, who says that this type of access to information can be a natural extension of our minds that can allow us to learn more easily because we are able to go out and grab the bits of information that we need at any moment.
So I think that this means that, if our minds are jumbled and easily distracted, our online activity will represent that jumbled mess, often through distracted clicking. We can’t blame the tools we have for the ways that we are using them. That would be like chopping vegetables and getting angry at the knife because we cut ourselves from lack of concentration on finger location among the vegetables.