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After reading Nicholas Carr's article "Is Google making us stupid?", I tend to agree with what he said in the article. He argues that our brain's ability in reading long pieces of article or long books is deteriorating since we have been "modified" to be comfortable in reading shorter pieces or keeping clicking hyperlinks online in order to get the accurate and condensed information. He gives an example that researchers used to spend days in library in order to get what they want, but now they only need to click on hyperlinks and get things done only in minutes.
The main reason for us to have a less focused brain is because that we are constantly interrupted when we surfing online. People might be interrupted when a new email come in; they might be interrupted when they see an interesting ad on the side bar of the web page; they might be interrupted when friend call in through Skype or Google+; they might be interrupted when they want to satisfy their random curiosity. All these small things keep us from concentration, and our ability of focusing on what we want to do getting worse and worse.
I saw a documentary from Frontline (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/) about how college students get constantly interrupted by multitasking, which I found pretty interesting and coincide with some of Carr's points in his article. The documentary says that our generation grows up online, and we are continuously browsing websites, texting, facebooking, twittering, and checking our mails. In the mean while, we are listening to lectures, reading books and doing homework. We believe we are totally capable for multitasking. But research run in the Stanford shows the opposite results. This example shows that even though we believe we are much smarter than we used to be, but doing everything online increases the chance to be interrupted. We still need to admit that our brain will work its best when we don't give it so many task simultaneously, and trying to understand something deeply and thoroughly should be more important than just have a little taste of it.

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