The vast resources of the internet can only serve to improve the collective intelligence of society.
internet make dummer!
The internet is responsive; you get what you give.
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
If you read the post of some on this site it will tell you that the answer is without any doubt no is does not make you smart.
The web is a great source of information but like education it does not equate to intelligence if you come without the ability to read and comprehend what you read and apply critical thinking you get nothing from it.
I don't necessarily think it makes you smarter. But there's a wealth of information on the internet. Most don't take advantage.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
It's sort of two sided, for many people who take advantage of the capabilities of products such as wikipedia, informal videos, forums, etcetera-- The internet is a light-speed source to the library.
However, if anyone is aware of analytics;
Facebook shares 31% of the whole inter-webs in terms of popularity. (assuming that's what the percentage refers to)
After this, it's as follows; 12% email, 8% Twitter, 5% Google, 5% Myspace and (FINALLY) 3% Digg
Do you see where this is going, or how far down the latter a NEWs site is among the top ranking social networking pages?
So I'll go with no, the internet doesn't make you smarter.
Oh crap, double post, nevermind about my choice, the Internet IS responsive; you get what you give.
A statement from me about the internet...
"If you can be sucked into the internet and find that you rely on it for everything and you never do anything else...you are not using it correctly...If you are able to get wht you need and do what you want to do...WITHOUT being totally absorbed by it..you are doing just fine" a friend of mine was absorbed by World of Warcraft. He was my best friend, now he and i dont even speak because he has wasted 4 years of his life inside playing WoW. That is the type of person who is absorbed. If you donot turn out like my friend, you'll be fine. Point stated.
It's not rape if you scream "SURPRISE" first.
You can definetly fill your head with complete bull **** from the internet.For example some 9/11 troofers have so much infomation on the subject but its mostly when big ball of pseudoscience,logical fallacies and just plain made up facts.
Also even websites like the huffington post.Which has a pretty good reputation with some people is sometimes pretty loose with the facts and some of its science reporting is just awful.
The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
Smart people can use the internet to get smarter, and dumb people will use the internet to get dumber.
The average person just looks at porn.
Tucker Case - Tard magnet.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Honestly, I think the internet makes us slightly more intelligent. I mean this board may have plenty of folks of questionable intelligence, but simply being aware of political issues and candidates puts us ahead of the the populace at large. Even a moron has to know something about an issue in order to be totally wrong about it.