Science Says the Internet Is Turning Us into Shallow Thinkers. Here’s Why That’s a Problem.

For digital natives, instant gratification frequently wins out over critical evaluation of sources. #ProjectLiteracy

Students study in Starbucks. Image via Nicole Sapiens de Mitri.

It wasn’t so long ago that a student in search of information—population statistics, perhaps, or a comprehensive geographic breakdown—had no choice but to turn to a printed resource like an encyclopedia, textbook, or academic journal. Though the information was valid at the time of publication, it might’ve been a bit out of date; still, most would agree such sources were generally credible and relatively unbiased.

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