Happy Thursday everyone! It is no secret that I love the Internet. It is a vast resource of information, accessible at any moment of any day. The Internet is so great because it provides us with the opportunity to discover and learn new things, and sites like YouTube have allowed people a platform in which they can share their talents with the world. Although the Internet is an incredibly wonderful place, I am confident that it is making us all dumb.
The greatest strength and weakness of the Internet is that anyone can post anything for anyone in the world to see. Although this serves as a great opportunity to discover things that bring much joy to our lives, society’s inability to exercise proper grammar has ruined it all. Whilst scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter feed, I dare you to count the number of grammatical errors you see. There are probably so many that you would lose count. Seeing their, there, and they’re, to, and too, as well as your and you’re constantly misused, hurts my heart. These simple mistakes are made on a broader scale than just social networking posts. I stumbled upon a blog the other day, and within one paragraph, every use of the word “your” was misspelled/misused. Being surrounded by these errors honestly makes me take a minute to make sure I am using the proper word when I am typing something on the computer. Before I became internet addicted, I could use these words without second-guessing myself. Now that I am bombarded with misuse of grammar, I am indeed vulnerable to its forces.
Speaking on a broader scale, technology in general has made us stupid. The people producing these technologies, and the technologies themselves, are getting smarter, while the consumer using these products is becoming dumber. Who needs to know how to spell “definitely” if autocorrect will change it for you? Who needs to know how to read a map if your GPS will just tell you where to go? Who needs to know how to properly prepare a fish if your iPhone will just tell you what to do? (have you seen that commercial? It makes me sick!) I have honestly noticed my spelling has gotten progressively worse because of autocorrect, and that is SAD! Although technology is great and we are making advances in our world by using it, we are so incredibly dependent on technology that we are losing our smarts. I guarantee you that you cannot spend an evening with anyone without them either having their phone on the table/in their hand the whole night, or without them constantly checking it. Get your faces out of your phones people, and live in the real world! Use your brain! If you don’t know how to spell a word, don’t Google it, look it up in the dictionary! As I said before, I truly do love the internet, but I do agree that it is slowly ruining us all. On that happy and positive note, have a wonderful week and thanks for reading