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  • The vast resources of the internet can only serve to improve the collective intelligence of society.

    10 28.57%
  • internet make dummer!

    4 11.43%
  • The internet is responsive; you get what you give.

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Thread: Does the internet make you smarter?

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    Does the internet make you smarter?

    Three out of four people surveyed said they think using the Internet is making us smarter, not more stupid, according to a study jointly done by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center.

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    The study polled 895 technologists, business executives, scientists and analysts as part of Pew's fourth annual Future of the Internet study.
    If you're stupid, it's not Google's fault

    I believe that, since the internet is more 'responsive' (that is, a user is primarily exposed to his/her own personal inquiries), it perpetuates both stupidity and intelligence. But I haven't spent much time on this subject- I'm interested to see what you guys think.

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    Re: Does the internet make you smarter?

    Quote Originally Posted by idk View Post
    If you're stupid, it's not Google's fault

    I believe that, since the internet is more 'responsive' (that is, a user is primarily exposed to his/her own personal inquiries), it perpetuates both stupidity and intelligence. But I haven't spent much time on this subject- I'm interested to see what you guys think.
    I don't think the internet necessarily makes a person more or less smarter, or even more or less stupid. However, I do think that it can make a person more educated and allows a person to learn subjects in a fashion that is better suited to his learning style.

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    Re: Does the internet make you smarter?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I don't think the internet necessarily makes a person more or less smarter, or even more or less stupid. However, I do think that it can make a person more educated and allows a person to learn subjects in a fashion that is better suited to his learning style.
    Ok, maybe I should have said educated. Replace "smarter" with "more educated" as you please, and vote accordingly.

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    Re: Does the internet make you smarter?

    I definetly know more than i would if the internet didnt exist.Although maybe i would have a deeper knowledge of specific subjects.
    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.

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    Re: Does the internet make you smarter?

    No.

    The internet is a tool. It does not make somebody smarter or dumber.

    All that it can do is provide information, good and bad.
    "And, isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky is the limit."
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    Re: Does the internet make you smarter?

    It just provides info. How people apply it and how they use their human imagination to extrapolate upon it is up to them. I think in some ways the internet has dumbed people down. Now people can pretend to actually know something when they don't. Take DP for example. There are numerous instances where people obviously don't know anything about a topic, but they start posting links for hits they got in google as part of their counter-arguments.

    The internet supports pseudo-intellect just as much as genuine intellect.

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    Re: Does the internet make you smarter?

    Man, this site is loading so slow, I forget what I was going to say
    "Don't be particular bout nothin, but the company you keep"

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    Re: Does the internet make you smarter?

    I like how a friend of mine puts it:

    "The internet. All of the information and all of the bull**** in the world at your fingertips...its just up to you to determine which is which."
    - Vandeervecken
    "And, isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky is the limit."
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    Re: Does the internet make you smarter?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I don't think the internet necessarily makes a person more or less smarter, or even more or less stupid. However, I do think that it can make a person more educated and allows a person to learn subjects in a fashion that is better suited to his learning style.
    The reality of the matter is not as simple as smarter or dumber... the internet is simply a tool.

    It might be interesting to note that your brain activity surfing the web is 'altering the functions of the brain'... previously, I had seen studies that internet lowered brain activity even lower then while wathing tv. More recent studies seem to call it an improvement.

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    Re: Does the internet make you smarter?

    Yes

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