We often listen to people complaining about the fact that Google is making people stupid or has made people used to it. Or the fact that twitter is making people impatient since each and every minute detail is shared on it. Little do they know that it’s not the technology that is controlling the people it is actually the people who can either control the access to information or deny access whenever they feel the urge to. Rhinegold also holds the same view in his book on “Why You Need Digital Know How Why We All Need It”.
He simply says that the use of web or internet is in the hands of the people; either they may use their time on it productively. Or just waste it spending hours surfing the net or on social media getting amused by accessing others including friends and family lives and with what is happening in their friends life. Or sounds like such a huge waste of time (Rheingold, 2012).
He also argues as we are part of a participatory culture which lets us interact with almost any person, black or white anywhere in the world. There is no doubt that the things we learn and share have immensely broadened our perspective on many issues (Rheingold, 2012).
Contrary to Rhinegold, in 2008 Carr wrote in an article that the amount of time being spent on the internet is just uncontrollable it sticks one to the net and makes the people not think in detail. Rather it is killing the imaginative aspect of thinking and indulging people in distracted and hyper reading and reacting(West, Dean, & Andrews, 2015).
After going through many other articles I think the availability of internet access has its pros and cons for each one of us. The pros are more so to say only if we develop a much mature thinking with a serious focused approach which only revolves our attention over learning new things. Gaining a positive perspective into learning and staying away from the negatives meaning wasting time over just sitting and wasting hours through which the productivity is to the minimum and time wastage to the max.