The effect of the Internet on people’s intellectual capacities has led to a major controversy among information technology experts. In a recent interview of 900 experts, different opinions were collected with regard to the benefits and harmful effects of the Internet to thinking and other intellectual capacities.
While some believe that the Internet makes us smarter, others believe that the Internet has killed contemplation and many Internet users are now doomed to a state of “intellectual inertia” whereby they are now incapable of learning for themselves (Selwyn, 2011). This paper explores both sides of this controversy, whether the Internet makes us smarter or not. There are numerous opinions on this issue, this paper will provide scientific facts and arguments made by experts that the Internet makes us smarter, as it develops the brain and the unprecedented access to the information on the Internet makes people to make better choices.
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