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  • I think that part is good. What's not so good is what sitting all day does to you physically. There's a reason for the obesity problem.
  • No, when you Google you tend to learn. I know I do. I think its a good thing!
  • Yes, I dont think my kids even know what an encyclopedia is.
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  • I don't google I still use reference books. Takes just about the sam time. I will be looking something us and by the time my husband finds it on the computer I have already found it in the books.
  • No. It makes you think more and learn more. It's just another easy way of finding information. Reading things on the web is no different than reading from a book.
  • The ones that don't use the internet for it's easy resources are making themselves dumb. You can use the internet to learn a lot. But we all know playing games at work isn't as beneficial as looking up how to write an essay properly. Google is just the gateway to the knowledge you can get. The only difference is you don't have to get up and drive to a library. So it may only just make people fat lol.
  • I can't spell anymore
  • Thinking and getting information can be two completely different things. I don't use the internet to find out what I should think about something. I use the internet to get the information I need to support and inform my thinking.
  • Not less smart but definately more lazy. Why do homework at the library using books for the info when you can sit at the library and press keys and have the work handed to you. ????? Not like it use to be, that is for sure!! GREAT question! +5
  • It depends what they use it for. I read and research almost more than I did before. It's almost like having a public library in one's house.
  • No, quite the opposite. It's just that we need to change how it is that we think and define what makes a person smart. The reason for this is that we have always relied upon the idea of having to learn everything that we ever wanted to know from school or from the people within speaking range. Now, however, we can simply search for the answer to damn near everything, and as such knowledge is starting to lose it's value, if only by a bit. "So what or what does that have to do with anything?" you're asking? Simple, we must reevaluate how it is that we think in order to account for the nigh infinite resource that is knowledge, and the sadly dissipating resource that is wisdom. In short, we might end up in thinking more and knowing less about the stuff that we now know about. But what we don't know won't matter anymore as we'll have learned the new knowledge that comes with this overabundance of knowledge right at our fingertips.
  • "Everyone" does not google. I am one of them. I never ever ever google anything to answer a question on AB. If I give an answer, it is what I think is correct. I think going to research and google and all that stuff is like taking a test with the books open..what does that prove exactly? That you're good at research. It doesn't prove that you know anything. Happy Saturday! :)
  • On AB I generally answer from what I know except when I want to be careful about quoted statistics or when someone asks something difficult enough that I doubt anyone can answer it off the top of their head. So that forces thinking about it. The searches that strategy does lead me to often teach me. So I think the Internet is more a tool of learning than the end of thinking.
  • I think it makes you think more, just more quickly. I say it is up to you how much you want to think about what you found. No different than being in a library...just quicker.
  • On the contrary, it gives more information for people to think about. Previous to Google, if I had a thought about something, I could only go a little way before I would realise that I needed more information to make a judgement. Of course, I could have gone to the library to find that - but I didn't. Now - tipetty-tap - I have more information to inform my thoughts. There is a distinction between information, raw facts, and thought, putting those facts together. Google delivers the former, and also gives access to other people's thoughts. But it gives you raw material to form your own thoughts as well.
  • Well, im not sure what everyones doing in the internet but I always learn something everytime I use it. When I had a test and I didnt study for in books and papers that I was suppose to read, I just used the internet to see some documantary videos, and articles about it that took 1 hour and I aced the test. :)
  • Its a good source for gaining information, but I can see that if relied on solely one could become one dimensional.
  • in some respects, it's computers in general. people can't spell anymore. I tend to use the PC/internet as a learning tool and try to retain the knowledge. I know plenty of other people that rely on it.
  • no the internet is a great tool. any thought that ever comes to my mind can be answered and researched within minutes. information is constantly updated and added to.
  • Internet makes it faster and easier to get information.
  • I totally disagree! It has totally revolutionized our lives! It has far more advantages then disadvantages!
  • I don't think it's dumbing us down, if anything it's empowered me to do much more. By making information so accessable I've been able to do so many things I wouldn't have been able to do without it. I find it to be a huge plus but it can be a double-edged sword.
  • No, it's making us think more! The internet is a fast way to look up what you want to learn, while still in you PJ's. I have looked up recipes, the best way to get rid of mold (for my car, the windows were down when it rained), movie times, poetry, lyrics, and several other topics. The internet holds more information than just one book you can search in the library.
  • Media makes people think a certain way. People who consume smart media will think smartly, people who consume trash media will become trash. It's a matter of selection.
  • I don't know about that, but it wouldn't surprise me if the internet affected people's memory. After all, why remember anything? If you forget the definition of a word, you can just google it? Then again, I'm sure people had these same questions when the dictionary and encyclopedias came out. lol
  • there is a new theory, that instead of using the scientific method or hypothesis and experimentation, that there is so much knowledge in the database, one collects and collates the info for a problem/theory and the proper theorem comes out. But for everyday research the net is good, for serious research/knowledge I find the web useless. But I and others i'm sure get a sort of internet disease, without f2f confrontation people let the ugly side out more often than not. But on the other hand I like the quick connections you can make, but I miss the other signals like body language and personality is harder to make out.
  • i only google things that I dont know, so I guess it makes me think/know more in the long run =)

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