Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Skimming == Stupid

There has been a lot of buzz about the "Google is making us stupid article". It is bull.

The author, Carr, says that people are more skimming web pages than reading them, not really taking in what they see. They are becoming impatient and "jumpy" as I would put it. I completely disagree with this line of thought. What is happening is that people are gaining the ability to make educated guesses with as little information as possible on the quality of the article/web page and whether it is beneficial for them to keep reading. This is a lot like speed reading, in that you aren't going for all the information, just the information that is pertinent for what you are trying to accomplish. People are learning how to analyse and decipher what they are reading a lot faster than they had previously. If that sounds like stupidity to you, then you might want to take a quick look in the mirror.

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