Is the internet “making us stupid”?

You decide!

Puzzle Games

Background

In a 2008 article for The Atlantic, Nicholas Carr asked, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Carr argued that the internet as a whole, not just Google, has been “chipping away [our] capacity for concentration and contemplation.” He was concerned that the internet was “reprogramming us.” However, he also noted that we should “be skeptical of my skepticism,” because maybe he’s “just a worrywart.”

Check out the argument maps below to see the top arguments on both sides!

Discussion Questions

1. Do you believe the internet affects the way you think? How exactly?

2. Have you ever tried taking a break from the internet for more than a day? If so, how did that make you feel?

3. What specific apps or websites do you think have the most negative effects on your thinking, and why?

4. Describe in as much detail as possible what it would look like for someone to use the internet responsibly.