Study says The Matrix (well, the Internet) is NOT making us stupid

Contributed by
Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

If you're stupider in the year 2020, don't blame the Internet!

At least that's the opinion of the 895 technology gurus surveyed by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center.

The impetus for the study was a story in The Atlantic magazine published in 2008 titled "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" by Nicholas Carr, which claimed that over-reliance on the search engine could dumb us all down.

But as reported by msnbc, 76 percent of those surveyed agreed that when we look at human behavior 10 years from now, we'll find that "people's use of the Internet has enhanced human intelligence; as people are allowed unprecedented access to more information, they become smarter and make better choices. Nicholas Carr was wrong: Google does not make us stupid."

Unfortunately, there was that other 21 percent who disagreed, and said a decade from now, we'll find that "people's use of the Internet has not enhanced human intelligence and it could even be lowering the IQs of most people who use it a lot. Nicholas Carr was right: Google makes us stupid."

So what do you think? Do we have to worry about the Internet soon making us all look like something out of Idiocracy?

I hope not. I like this job!

For the latest sci-fi news, follow us on Twitter at @scifiwire