“Superficial Learning”

In Carr’s chapter, The Juggler’s Brain, Carr discusses “the actual effects that Internet use is having on the way our minds work” (54). He says that there is still much research to be done, but that, “Dozens of studies by psychologists, neurobiologists, educators, and Web designers point to the same conclusion: when we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning”. Having used the internet for quite some time, I have seen all of these different side effects from using social media. For instance, Carr writes, “hurried and distracted thinking”. As we have been over so many times, social media distracts us from our everyday lives when we take the time out of our day to use it and spend hours doing so. I also like that Carr uses the description “superficial learning”. To me, social media is superficial in general. How many people use false identities on the internet? I’m sure everyone has heard of the show Catfish and many have probably seen the show. It is about people that are unsure of who they are actually dating online. I think that sometimes people live on social media way too much that it takes them out of reality and puts them into their own worlds. Carr points out in his chapter that there is basically only one similar conclusion amongst psychologists, neurobiologists, etc. to something such as social media, and none of these outcomes are positive.

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One comment on ““Superficial Learning”

  1. I agree with you that social media is completely superficial and distracts us from our lives. For example, I have a friend whose Facebook pictures were stolen to make a false account under a different name. Also, I’m sure we are all guilty of procrastinating because of Facebook, or other social networks.

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