Does the Internet Make You Smarter or Dumber?

Does the Internet Make You Smarter or Dumber?

The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, June 5 – 6, 2010, p. W1

Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky.

The cognitive effects are measurable: We’re turning into shallow thinkers, says Nicholas Carr.

1.8 billion – estimated number of internet users world-wide

34.5 hours – Time an average american spends watching television per week.  Source: Nielsen

56 seconds – Average time an American spends looking at a Web page.

This last statistic makes me feel good — here at Legal Research Plus our  average visit length is 1:25!

See the report at

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About Paul Lomio

Paul is library director and lecturer at law at Stanford Law School. He has a J.D. from Gonzaga Law School, an LL.M. from the University of Washington, and a M.L.I.S. from the Catholic University of America. He is the author (with Henrik Spang-Hanssen) of Legal Research Methods in the U.S. and Europe. He also likes to ride his bicycle.

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