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The internet is affecting the way people think. Learn and talk about some ways to control how you use the internet and to stop the internet from controlling you.

Key Points:

  • The Internet is making us more superficial as thinkers, keeping us from really paying attention.
  • Moving information from our short term memory to our long term memory is harder now, thanks to technology addiction.
  • If computers keep us from the discipline of building memory, humanity as we know it might be in danger.

Quote This:

When you look at the great monuments of culture, they come from people who are able to pay attention.

See Also: Addiction, Social Media, Technology

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. How often are you online in an average week? Which apps or sites do you use most often? Why are these the apps or sites you use?
  3. Describe what life would be like without the Internet.
  4. “The net is making us more superficial as thinkers.” Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
  5. “Memory consolidation” works by moving information from your short-term memory to your long-term memory to create connections between that information and everything else you know. How does the fast-paced, entertainment-based Internet interfere?
  6. When is the last time the Internet caused you to think conceptually about something? How did you follow up on it afterward?
  7. Name a famous person you admire who has positively impacted the world. How do you think this person was able to achieve greatness? What do you think some of their day-to-day activities were?
  8. What are some steps you can take to “Find time every day unplug, calm down, and focus on one thing at a time?”
  9. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

For more on this topic, check out the book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr.