reading instruction to adapt to this new technology.
Curtis 26 There are constant distractions throughout the Internet; these distractions interfere with the intense focus needed to think with depth and fully understand the material read. Nicholas Carr points out in his article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” that many people are losing their ability to read complex text, especially within the constant distractions that online texts produces. He states “our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connections that form when we read deeply without distractions, remain largely disengaged.” Showing that reading online is affecting people’s ability to comprehend and analyze material. Similar to Carr’s thoughts that online reading affects people’s comprehension, Motoko Rich, author of “Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?” believes that the constant distractions online reading includes is just an endless space for adolescents to become easily sidetracked and ultimately, take away the ability to focus and analyze texts in depth. Rich supports her thoughts by listing off the importance of reading books that online reading would be destroying. She states “hours spent prowling the Internet are the enemy of reading–diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans, and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books.” Implying that reading books can provide many different skills that online reading can not. Even though Carr, Rich, and many other authors agree that online reading is hurting adolescent’s comprehension, ability to think, and ability to analyze texts with depth; that does not change the fact that online reading is becoming an inevitable occurrence in today’s upbring with technology. The Internet is not leaving, while it can be detrimental children’s education, educators themselves must effectively learn how to manage the Web in order to aid in adolescents exposure to technology at young ages.
Curtis 27 The Internet allows access to information that books can not always provide. Computers, phones, and any technologic device are constantly being upgraded and enhanced because of their high demand and easy access to the Internet. The New York Times published a blog called “Does the Brain Like E-Books?” where many experts voice their thoughts of online reading. A former editor in chief for Nature Neuroscience, Sandra Aamodt is one. She explains why she believes online reading is hurting people's concentration and comprehension but also she also recognizes that people need to evolve and become better online readers by stating, “as technology continues to improve, we can probably expect to see electronic reading become as useful as paper for most purposes.” Showing that while online reading is affecting adolescents with their basic reading skills, people need to become more equipped for the changing technology. There are many different ways for young children to become more prepared for online reading, first educators must develop skills within these young children to help them adapt to the growing age of technology.