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    It's Official—the Internet Is Making Us Dumb

    The More You Read Online, the Worse You Write

    A study of MBA students finds both complexity and style in writing suffer when people read mostly digital content.




    It's Official—the Internet Is Making Us Dumb: The More You Read Online, the Worse You Write | Alternet



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    Quote Originally Posted by ae1905 View Post
    The More You Read Online, the Worse You Write

    A study of MBA students finds both complexity and style in writing suffer when people read mostly digital content.




    It's Official—the Internet Is Making Us Dumb: The More You Read Online, the Worse You Write | Alternet

    I think internet is creating dumb people by feeding their biases. This created a lot of bubble heads that can't apply critical thought to anything.

    " I am too stupid to think, therefore I will let YouTube video, and memes think for me"

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    you're face is making us dump
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnson.han.3 View Post
    I think internet is creating dumb people by feeding their biases. This created a lot of bubble heads that can't apply critical thought to anything.

    " I am too stupid to think, therefore I will let YouTube video, and memes think for me"
    and the countless political radio shows such as rush limbaugh and micheal savage
    the number of people who quote these to buffoons is astounding
    rather then gather the info them selves they rely on electronic media
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    To be a little more detailed...from the article:
    "The study found students who consume primarily digital content (such as Reddit and Buzzfeed) had the lowest writing complexity scores, while those who often read literature and academic journals had the highest levels of writing complexity."

    I think it is more what you read and how the content is being provided. They could flip it and give people tabloids and have another group reading academic journals online, and the title would be "Digital content makes you a better writer."
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    I don't know that I buy this. Seems like old people forged a shitty study to confirm what they already thought: That the irritating internet is making the young'uns dumber.

    Cover letters are a very particular type of writing and of course if someone has been reading academic journals and shit, their language is going to sound more varied and professional in a cover letter.

    They need to do a study about writing fiction, or simply communicating ideas, and see what the results are. Having a few college students do cover letters means jack shit.

    Hell, it's not like you can't do both... read reddit and buzzfeed, and read literature and academic journals. Where's the evidence that cutting out an entire part of reading is a good thing?

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    And you'll be dumber if you believe these "studies"..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ae1905 View Post
    The More You Read Online, the Worse You Write

    A study of MBA students finds both complexity and style in writing suffer when people read mostly digital content.




    It's Official—the Internet Is Making Us Dumb: The More You Read Online, the Worse You Write | Alternet
    UCLA study finds that searching the Internet increases brain function | UCLA
    This study finds the exact opposite conclusion, that the Internet in fact improves both decision-making and complex reasoning skills.

    In general the Internet is just too new of an invention for truly comprehensive and conclusive studies to be done about its effects on intelligence, but it is at the very least vital to global communications and business, as well as being a great tool for education so the Internet is mostly definitely a good thing overall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmchairCommie View Post
    In general the Internet is just too new of an invention for truly comprehensive and conclusive studies to be done about its effects on intelligence, but it is at the very least vital to global communications and business, as well as being a great tool for education so the Internet is mostly definitely a good thing overall.
    I completely agree, and I think the studies like the one in OP are conducted purely for the ego of those who conduct it. The sampling size of the study is only 48 MBA students and was conducted through an email survey. So, this isn't real science we're dealing with here. Honestly I think alternet picked it up for the clickbait title it could slap on.

    Anyway, the internet is an amazing tool for archival purposes, for education, for communication (skype and email!), and for..... fuckin around on reddit and forums.
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    I beg to differ. I learned to write better from people constantly correcting my text/grammar/spelling on forums. I write much better thanks to it.
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