Stupidity via Internet

The Internet is a source for all kinds of information.  With multiple search engines and millions of websites, detailed information about almost everything is available to people everywhere.  There is already a very large amount of information on the Internet, and the internet is growing every day.  With all of the knowledge available on the Internet, why is it the common belief that the Internet makes people less intelligent?

Perhaps the answer lies in the question itself.  When people say “The Internet has made people stupid,” they may be talking about sociality rather than intelligence.  By hiding behind a computer monitor, people have lost social skills.  People today are getting less and less comfortable talking to others face-to-face.  A lack of social skills can be interpreted as lack of intelligence.

Because of the Internet, many people have a harder time staying focused.  Studies have shown that when people read text on the Internet, they comprehend less than when reading on a printed page.  On average, people’s attention span has dropped from twelve to seven minutes in the past ten years.  There are more distractions on the Internet than there are in a book.  If a person can’t stay focused, he or she will not be able to take in as much information. 

People today are having to rely more and more on the internet.  90% of children in the United States have an internet history by the time they are just two years old.  By the age of five, 50% of children use a computer or tablet regularly. 80% of teenagers use social media regularly.  While the Internet may be easier, real-life interaction is still very important.  The intelligence of the current generation may depend on it.

The Crusader Raid, Vol. 6, Num. 4.
The Spring/Summer Issue
May 2014

Written by Addison Lucas

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