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Has the net made people smarter?

Xer
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6/5/2010 2:52:43 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
The internet has definitely made me smarter. As for other people, I'm not quite sure. Facebook and MySpace seems to occupy most net-users' time, which certainly can't make one smarter, as opposed to reading a book. DDO, news sites, blogs, and other information sources are the main places I visit while on the internet. I think I would be a much more ill-informed and less educated person if it weren't for the internet.
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6/7/2010 12:08:06 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
i'd say it broadens ones general knowledge, but probably takes from reading books which would be a lot more educational/informative.
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Danielle
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6/7/2010 12:08:59 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/7/2010 12:08:06 PM, badger wrote:
i'd say it broadens ones general knowledge, but probably takes from reading books which would be a lot more educational/informative.

How is reading information online any less informative than reading a book assuming the text is the same?
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6/7/2010 12:11:15 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/7/2010 12:08:59 PM, theLwerd wrote:
At 6/7/2010 12:08:06 PM, badger wrote:
i'd say it broadens ones general knowledge, but probably takes from reading books which would be a lot more educational/informative.

How is reading information online any less informative than reading a book assuming the text is the same?

The argument goes that the internet has caused people to have much less of an attention span. So the way that they read online is to skim quickly to pick up a few points, then move to another article. People also tend to ignore articles that are long (tl;dr).

Of course, it is not that way for everyone.
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6/7/2010 12:12:38 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/5/2010 2:52:43 PM, Nags wrote:
The internet has definitely made me smarter. As for other people, I'm not quite sure. Facebook and MySpace seems to occupy most net-users' time, which certainly can't make one smarter, as opposed to reading a book. DDO, news sites, blogs, and other information sources are the main places I visit while on the internet. I think I would be a much more ill-informed and less educated person if it weren't for the internet.

I guess it depends on what people mean by smarter. It can improve the amount of knowledge you have [though some may be biased or false] but if by 'smarter' they mean IQ or ability to problem solve and/or be innovative, then the internet probably won't help with that. Being able to spew out things you read or memorized to some people isn't 'smarter.' Regurgitation often doesn't say anything about one's intelligence. I think you're right though in that it depends what you're doing online I guess.
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6/7/2010 12:13:39 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/7/2010 12:08:59 PM, theLwerd wrote:
How is reading information online any less informative than reading a book assuming the text is the same?
I think he means that many people read about a subject on the Internet, such as on Wikipedia, which is generally less informative than reading a book about the same subject, because it is more detailed.

I think the Internet is a perfect thing for information. There are actually e-books, which can be downloaded for free, or for reasonable prices.
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6/7/2010 12:13:55 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/7/2010 12:12:08 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
Let's just say there are alot of things I wouldn't know if it wasn't for the internet...

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6/7/2010 12:32:43 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I don't it's the net that makes people "smarter" but the fact that it acts as a medium for great contemporary thinkers to speak to you with the click of a button. There are several "guides" that I have found partly because of the Internet that are responsible (or rather influential) for what I know and how I think today.

However, the Internet has also stumped my learning process because it has shortened my attention span and have become somewhat "addicted" to it. This has interferred with my reading. I love books, I buy books all the time, but I can never seem to read through them all the way because of other things that occupy my time, namely the Internet.
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6/7/2010 12:50:25 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I think that some people are more prone to getting smarter then others. Assuming this, those prone to smartness would have done it without the internet, and those not prone are at best, unaffected.

I could argue that some people even got more stupid because of the internet. Sure, there is a tremenduous amount of information out there, but there is also a tremendous amount of not-related to smartness content. Sometimes it looks as if more then half the internet is porn websites. This is not to say that porn makes you stupid, but doesn;t make you smarter either.

I definetly benefited greatly from the internet. When you add up that you can also meet great people from whom you can learn a lot, it becomes clear that the internet is a great tool if it is used properly.
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6/7/2010 12:51:40 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/7/2010 12:32:43 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:

However, the Internet has also stumped my learning process because it has shortened my attention span and have become somewhat "addicted" to it. This has interferred with my reading. I love books, I buy books all the time, but I can never seem to read through them all the way because of other things that occupy my time, namely the Internet.

That sound exactly like me, plus the fact I have been diagnosed recently with ADHD.
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6/7/2010 12:56:49 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/7/2010 12:51:40 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/7/2010 12:32:43 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:

However, the Internet has also stumped my learning process because it has shortened my attention span and have become somewhat "addicted" to it. This has interferred with my reading. I love books, I buy books all the time, but I can never seem to read through them all the way because of other things that occupy my time, namely the Internet.

That sound exactly like me, plus the fact I have been diagnosed recently with ADHD.

Are you serious? I advise you to get informed about ADHD. It is a fake illness invented by the pharma industry... they drug up children to make profits.
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6/7/2010 1:02:26 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 6/7/2010 12:56:49 PM, gamemaster wrote:
At 6/7/2010 12:51:40 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 6/7/2010 12:32:43 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:

However, the Internet has also stumped my learning process because it has shortened my attention span and have become somewhat "addicted" to it. This has interferred with my reading. I love books, I buy books all the time, but I can never seem to read through them all the way because of other things that occupy my time, namely the Internet.

That sound exactly like me, plus the fact I have been diagnosed recently with ADHD.

Are you serious? I advise you to get informed about ADHD. It is a fake illness invented by the pharma industry... they drug up children to make profits.


Well there's definitely something wrong with me, considering I lack social skills and have a terrible attention span. Oh yea, I tend to be forgetful too. Autism and Asperger's have already been pretty much ruled out.
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6/16/2010 6:51:16 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I think of it this way:

The Internet has not made people in general smarter. But it has made a larger amount of people more knowledgeable. Think of it this way; before the internet, people read books, searched for information themselves, and went to see things around the world that they might not have needed to see, but saw anyway. Now people don't need to do any of that stuff anymore. You just need to get whatever info you want.

It's like taking a hundred sponges and injecting ever tenth one full of water. Nowadays you inject less water into every twentieth one, and split the rest among the lesser population of sponges. So instead of every tenth sponge being incredibly smart, every twentieth sponge is really smart and the other 95 have a little bit of knowledge too.
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6/16/2010 6:54:03 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
The internet absolutely makes you smarter. It can reveal you to much much more information that you otherwise would not have.
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6/17/2010 11:20:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Yes, atleast 2 people follow me on twitter.

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6/20/2010 3:56:11 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Depend's how you view someone being smart and someone being intelligent. If we are focusing on fact's I would say that it may not have made most people (those who don't research etc.) but I would say people are more better informed but I'm pretty sure it's done nothing for the average intelligence :P

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6/20/2010 6:25:31 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
There is a pretty common idea that people today are on average slightly more intelligent than people of the past due to us living in an increasingly complex world, in which we are expected to deal with more advanced technology in our daily lives - the Flynn Effect describes how IQ tests must be adjusted periodically to maintain the average IQ at 100, since the average score increases with each generation. The internet is an obvious element of this increasing complexity.
As far as knowledge is concerned, the internet is clearly revolutionary. The wealth of knowledge available to us because of the internet is immeasurable, providing us with access to loads if information, much of which would be very difficult, if not impossible, to find without it.
However, I'm pretty sure that the internet has had a negative effect on my attention span.
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6/20/2010 4:18:39 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
There's a lot more information in my head, sure, but I'm not more intelligent because of it. In fact, I find it harder to sort out crap from fact.

Watch Microsoft's new Bing commercials. That pretty sums it up for me.
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6/28/2010 7:13:35 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I wouldn't say it's made people smarter, it's just made stupid people louder.
What fresh dickery is the internet up to today?
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7/10/2010 2:40:07 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
The net allows people to quickly obtain information, but the information available is usually in much less depth than one would get from a book or a course. For example, I think it is impossible to make sense of the global warming controversy by reading the Internet. It requires reading some books to make the bits of information fit together coherently.

People are "smarter" due to the easy access to superficial information, but it tends to inhibit learning in depth. that makes them dumber.

A good aspect of the net is that people are made aware of huge numbers of scams. Over the years I have passed up e-mail offers for well over seven miles of extra penis length. Raising skepticism is good.
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7/13/2010 3:27:18 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/10/2010 2:40:07 PM, RoyLatham wrote:
A good aspect of the net is that people are made aware of huge numbers of scams. Over the years I have passed up e-mail offers for well over seven miles of extra penis length. Raising skepticism is good.

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