Carr in his article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid” writes about how we are losing the ability to pay attention. So many people today are doing a million things at once and have trouble concentrating on what people are saying to them and doing just one task. Sometimes we think we are talking to someone but they are not paying attention to us at all. They could be playing with their phone, surfing the web, thinking about other things, etc. People today can multi-task effectively but most people cannot concentrate on one thing very well.
He also writes about how people today for the most part do not like to read. Most people today only want to read things that have pictures or are short. With the immersion of emailing, texting, and the expansion of the internet people now want main ideas and things that get to the point. When we want an answer we Google it. As someone mentioned in class, many people in our generation have grown up “searching” for answers rather than just simply reading and coming across them. People don’t want to discover more than what they are searching for. We have become very impatient. In today’s society there continues to be more and more things that save time because the makers of these products know people have such limited time. With increased work hours, increased people getting college education and so many co-curricular activities, people usually do not like to spend the limited time they have reading. Television and the internet have very much taken away from reading. We are able to listen to the television and do multiple other things at the same time, allowing us to find out what is going on in society without having to take away from other things we are doing. The internet as discussed in class really gives us the opportunity to find out what we are looking for and allows us to multitask. For example, we could be writing a paper while checking out Facebook.
I feel it is probably not a good thing that people are no longer as good at paying attention or reading. However, this I feel has made us better at multi-tasking and caused us to become well at managing time. With the immersion of all of the new technologies, we have lost some of the skills that people in the past had but we also have picked up other skills. I believe our society is definitely capable of paying attention and reading but it just takes a lot more concentration and focus. Sometimes we really need to force ourselves to get ourselves to do these things.