Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The internet is making me stupid

Everyday I wake up with this prayer:

“Dear Google God…grant me the serenity to accept the fact that all url’s don’t work; the courage to keep browsing through even more websites; and the wisdom to save money for paying the internet bill. “

A few years ago my life changed forever when I discovered google god within my system. All the wealth of knowledge of the entire universe at my fingertips with the click of a mouse. I slowly became addicted to the world wide web. I had to check my mail everyday. I had more than 15 blogs at the same time on different topics – some didn’t even have a topic. Friends came to with all sorts of doubts because I was the one who could find any answer. Thanks to the internet, of course.

But now I have begun doubting myself. Is the internet really making me more intelligent?

I spend a long time in front of the computer. I don’t go to movies. I download and watch it from the net. I am losing my interest in going out and meeting new people. Instead I send out friend requests through social networking sites.

Now if I have to do a simple math like 25 x 5, I click “start”, “run” and “calc”. It won’t be much longer before I require a calculator to do 2 + 2.

I have become confused about the spelling of a lot of words. The net corrects them for me so I don’t bother about the correct spellings or grammar. And to think I used to insist on correct grammar even while chatting with friends.

Forgot where the library was. Never goes there anymore. Download the books I need – including the entire Harry Potter series. I miss the smell of books – both the new and dusty ones :( (oh yea – another one is the overuse of smileys).

And more importantly am I losing my perceptibility? Can I distinguish what is true and what is not in the answers I find? Everything I read in the net is infused with viewpoints that clearly outline a hidden propaganda. Or am I just being paranoid?

I don’t know. I feel the internet is making me stupid and impotent – changing me from a real person to just another user profile.