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Kieran Bautista Professor Susan Lago English 1100-27 20 October 2013 Google Brain I remember when I would have conversations with my father about my life, which in return, he would tell me about his good old days. He would talk about how he would walk for hours just to go to school, or how he would work for days just to buy rice for the family, or even how he would do his math homework without a calculator. Ever since the creation and expansion of digital devices, peoples brains have been very distracted, which made it difficult to retain memory, and evolved humans to a multi-tasking machine. Unlike the previous eras, this generation has been very dependent on technology that it started to rewire the brain to become more like a computer. I did not notice how inattentive I was when I wrote this essay. I observed that while I wrote, I was surrounded by multiple screens from my laptop, to my cellphone, tablet, iPod, and my TV. There were a total of five screens that I constantly glanced at when I got the chance. After being exposed to technology, I was very distracted from my obligations; therefore, instead of studying for midterms, writing papers, or even getting enough sleep, I chose to watch television. Thus proves Carrs internet paradox, the Net seizes our attention only to scatter it (169). Dissimilar with my fathers experience, people today have more things to think about, such as balancing multiple social networks, school work, outfits, the latest trends or new episodes. These problems occurred as time progressed, while the world became more technologically integrated. I remember when I was a middle school student in the Philippines, instead of being fixated with technology, I played outside and focused more on my school work, because there was nothing else to do. I did not possess gadgets like a cellphone, laptop and iPod that constantly needed my attention, all we had was a low-definition television which contained several channels. Today the world has presented humans with far more distractions than [their] ancestors ever had to contend with (Carr 170). However, digital devices did not only heighten human distractedness, but also the degradation of the brains memory capacity. Pre-internet years, people had to memorize a lot of facts without the aid of quick and available information, especially college students. However, in todays generation, people tend

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to rely on the internet as their source of knowledge. Over time Google has become the second brain of humans. In the Philippines, when I reached first grade we were required to memorize the multiplication table, square roots until thirty, and learned how to use the abacus. But when a student failed to answer the question correctly, teachers, in some cases, would tend to use violence as punishment. Students were also not allowed to use calculator until they reached high school, however, today I see second graders using calculators just compute a simple multiplication question. It is because of the humans cognitive load, that when [it] exceeds [the] minds ability to store and process information [The brain becomes] unable to retain the information or draw connection with the information already stored in [the] long-term memory of humans (Carr 179). If humans become more deficit of longstanding memory, people would have difficulties in developing an understanding of a subject or a concept (Carr 180). Instead of digging inside the brain wrinkles, people just tend to hover the subject thus not being able to understand the material deeply. I recognize that whenever I would drift away from the essay, it would take me a few minutes to re-read the essay, re-organize my thoughts, and gather information all over again. It is due to the fact that my brain is unable to perceive knowledge genuinely and efficiently as Id hope. Nonetheless due to technology, I became part of the massive multi-tasking community. After being exposed to the digital world for a very long time, computerized reasoning became natural to humans. Given [the] brains plasticity, [humans] know that [the] online habits continue to reverberate in the workings of [the] synapses when [people are] not online (Carr 203). After time people started to multitask, from walking while chewing gum, to texting while driving, the world evolved from survival of the fittest to the survival of the busiest (Carr 204). Humans have adapted technology into their daily lives. Before, I thought that if I do everything at once, maybe I can finish early. I learned in the process that multitasking does not help me finish faster, but it does the exact opposite. Instead of taking three hours to write my rough draft, it took me the whole day because I tried to multitask. Rather than operating many things simultaneously, humans should start using the brain functions that help [people] speedily locate, categorize, and assess disparate bits of information in a variety of forms, that let [people] maintain [the] mental bearings while being bombarded by stimuli (Carr 204). The world evolve as a whole over the course of time. Generations have their own problems, ideas, and events that shaped their lives, thus the different reactions of human brains;

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for example, before the twin towers were bombed, children could play in the streets or even be alone in the house, however, children today have to be inside, with a guardian. The same with humans today, they are surrounded with technology that over time they become more engrossed and dependent on it. If the world continues to build upon technology, humans will be unable to think for themselves. It already started to rewire the brains of humans to adapt to society, thus led to many consequences, such as disruptive thinking, memory shortage, and multitasking. However there are ways to restore those brain functions, for example, like my father, the next time I have a math problem to do, I will try not to use a calculator and also if I am unfamiliar with a certain word, instead of going to Google, Ill use my dictionary first. How about you? What would you do to regain control over your brain?

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Works Cited Carr, Nicholas G. "The Juggler's Brain." The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. 164-205. Print.