I always get lost in metro stations. There are at least four exits. I cannot ever find the right one and try others as usual. Although I have made this mistake many times, I just cannot remember the right exit. One day I was with my friend and he said: “It is because we do not need to memorize the information. Internet teaches us how to reach the information, not to keep it in our minds because whenever we want, we can ask someone (the way in the metro) or we can google and find any information we are looking for.”
Today I read an article saying Richard Foreman made up a term for the ones like me: pancake people.
Here is what he said in NY Times 6 years ago:
“But today, I see within us all (myself included) the replacement of complex inner density with a new kind of self-evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the “instantly available.” A new self that needs to contain less and less of an inner repertory of dense cultural inheritance – as we all become “pancake people” – spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button.
Will this produce a new kind of enlightenment or “super-consciousness”? Sometimes I am seduced by those proclaiming so—and sometimes I shrink back in horror at a world that seems to have lost the thick and multi-textured density of deeply evolved personality.”
After reading all these, I understood why I cannot memorize the words any longer. The reason is ‘online dictionaries’. Many of us find them very useful. They are fast, easy to use… However, they make our brains literally ‘lazy’. The fact that the meaning of any word is only one click away puts away the necessity to memorize it. In high school, I did not use online dictionary and I still remember the words that I learned during those years. Now, we do not spend any time and effort to reach the information and our brains get the things we learn via internet as useless. I have no idea what to do about this situation because even writing this, I used an online dictionary and Google to check the spelling!
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