Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Is Google making us stupid? I don’t think so. The internet is comprised of so many distractions now that to place the blame in its entirety on Google would be like blaming Trump for all of the racist tension going on in America. The Mon – Star that is, Google, has definitely changed the way we receive our information, and paved the way for other internet entrepreneurs to launch their businesses and utilize Google. Without getting too deep, Trump is the face of, not the source of the problem as a whole. And that is how I interpret the relationship that we have with Google today. We rely on Google because they formulated their business that way. Between Facebook, Twitter, Google, and the other large internet conglomerates, our information and preferences are being passed around and designed to keep us focused on and entertained by whatever they put in front of us. Or so it seems, but in reality, they have gathered our likes and dislikes, managed our content, and delivered it back to us in a pretty package and we now are far better off for it. Yes, there are some setbacks to having the world wide web at our fingertips, but we have to also consider all of the advancements to human life that have been made from the assistance and optimization of the internet. There are many issues in socialization due to Google, we have become lazier because of Google, and more fearful and less motivated to physically go out and meet new people. But on the flip side of that, we’ve found confidence in ourselves and in others where we can gain followers, or make fans and friends, through our art, our music, or plain ole hustle (lots of Instagram pages cater to homegrown Chefs, dancers, poets, etc.) But, I wouldn’t say that Google has made us stupid. To use the word “stupid” for me would entail describing someone who has yet to find a way to implement the use of technology into their lives and make it profitable or an asset to their lives. 

Filter Bubble

The algorithm decides what you will see in your screen of the internet’s world. Algorithm personalizes one’s interests. Every like we click and browse on a topic those will be our taste of interests. Social media will control your taste on what you will be seeing when you browse about something without your permission. It will be a different search results you will get from others because every person has their different tastes. This is not a helpful thing from social media. It Compresses our knowledge. We are centered in one specific topic that we ever searched or liked in social media. That’s how we are losing our interests of knowing other knowledges that exist in the world. And one time we will be opposing other’s points of view on same topic. Social media should not control our screen. They need to find a filter bubble situation.

Stupid

Google have every solution of any answers. Wherever we go, whatever we need we just have to search in Google and the answers will be there ready for us. Nowadays we do not memorize anything we are not ready to think about anything. Because we don’t need to use our brain and by doing that we are getting stupid day by day. Most of us use the Google Maps to go to other places . Before we use our sense of direction and find that way by ourselves. By depending on Google we are getting stupid. Like Carr said in his ‘Is Google making us stupid?’ article about how Google is affecting our brain, I totally agree with him. But at the same time my suggestion to this generation will be to use google properly to get all the knowledges inside you but do not miss use it by not using your brain.

Hijacking

Behind social media’s idea there is mastermind of psychological facts. In social media people are always connected. Why people are so addicted to their phones? Because social media have so many things that are well enough to attract people and stay connected to their phone every second. Using social media we feel very happy, anxious, sad, excited all the emotional terms. People get to know millions of people through the world through social media. Behind every social media app they have the mastermind of attention thing behind every social media app they have the mastermind of attention getter of people. Facebook, tinder, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter etc. have their different features which controls and manipulate our minds to stay connected always. In the video of “How technology is hijacking your mind” by Tristan Harris, https://youtu.be/JgkvTRz_Alohe presented how technology hijacks our mind like magic.

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Attention Economy

The advertisements on social media will not affect the economy directly but they are getting profit with the help of our attention. We are the consumer who invest our valuable time on social media. Every click of our likes are valuable for the companies. Social media advertisements gives us so many options that we are not ready to move our sights from it. All our valuable time comes out as attention on the companies but we are not getting any profit out of it.

There is a video that I have watched which really does make sense now of how we are really into our phone just because of the attention economy.

https://youtu.be/MacJ4p0vITM

Using persuasive psychology, the companies are making the attractive social advertisements which are meant to attract us and this really works on our generation. We just forget that we are not getting any profit out of it. Then why should we give our labor of spending our time without getting paid?

Social Network

-A community consisting of people you know, people that those people know and so on.  Takes place entirely online and is used to curate content and spread advertisements.

-A web of connections among multiple users that spans most of the world.

digital labour

One of a keyword I chose is Digital Labour. Digital labour is based on Marx’s theory, we distinguish between work and labour as anthropological and historical forms of human activity. The reason I chose this word is because Digital labour is work that is performed by robotic process automation (RPA) systems. The digitization of labor is being facilitated by technologies such as cloud computing social media, big data , mobility, data analytics and machine learning. 

 

Googlization

1.) A descriptor for Google’s dominance on the web and its influence within our daily lives

Significance: Everything is now Googleable — general/factual information, false information, information about us, our friends, and our families. This influences us in many ways — one being that we may be too lazy to remember information as we can simply Google it. Others can also Google individuals they know and find things they may have posted in the past that reflect poorly on them and do not represent them currently.

Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/1738547/googlization-memory-information-overload-and-fracturing-knowledge

Convenience

Definition

More efficient and easier ways of doing personal tasks.

Source

The Tyranny of Convenience, Tim Wu

Explanation 

“Convenience has the ability to make other options unthinkable.”  This document has brought forth the age old saying, “just because it’s easy doesn’t make it right.” Conveniency does not belong in the world of morality, instead it should be left in the computations of the business.

Cyborgs

Definition

Were digital displays clipped onto eye glass frames.

Source

Always On, Sherry Turkle

Explanation 

Today’s modern cyborgs are cellular devices. We always have our eyes attached to our devices being apart of two worlds, virtual and physical. Faculty supporters in Always On, felt as though cyborgs  “a tool for being better prepared.” Cyborgs can be helpful but too much attention can be harmful as cited in Attention Shoppers!, “shortchanging real interactions.”