Is the Internet Making you Less Creative?

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Have you ever wondered if you would be a more creative person without the impact of the internet on your life? If so, you aren’t alone. Some say that using technology has helped them to create new ideas and be influenced by what other artists have done, while others say that because of the internet, most ideas are copied and unoriginal, making them less creative overall because they don’t ever come up with new ideas.

The author of an article written on laptopoutletuk.com says that since the rise of technology, children and adults are more likely to pick up a smartphone or tablet when they’re bored rather than starting a project or drawing to keep busy. Because of this, the author believes that the creativity of people has been greatly impacted in a negative way. And, according to an article written by Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer at Live Science “In a 2010 study of about 300,000 creativity tests going back to the 1970s, Kyung Hee Kim, a creativity researcher at the College of William and Mary, found creativity has decreased among American children in recent years. Since 1990, children have become less able to produce unique and unusual ideas. They are also less humorous, less imaginative and less able to elaborate on ideas, Kim said.” it’s believed that this is because since children are becoming more exposed to ideas and theories that have already been done, it’s becoming more difficult for them to create their own ideas because thoughts of what other people have already done are constantly in their head.

So after seeing the statistics of creativity in students, let’s hear from an actual student. According to Sophomore at Southern Valley High School, Savannah Ellis says, “I get inspiration from the internet from the artists that I follow, I can use what they do to better myself by being exposed to new ideas and possibilities that I had never thought of doing before, whether it be photography or painting, if I ever hit a creative block, I can count on the internet to help me find new ideas and inspiration, this even helps me with school, if we’re given an opportunity to do a more creative project in class, I can count on the internet to provide me with new ideas for the project if I don’t have one already.”

Similar to what Ellis said, another student by the name of Cheyenne Chamberlain elaborated on how she believes that the internet has made her more creative because it has shown her that anything is possible. She believes that with the internet you can do almost anything whether it’s watching videos or editing photos, “you can put your creativity to the test.” When asked what hurts her creativity, Chamberlain explained how she believed what hurts creativity in not just herself but others as well is the lack of support that you sometimes get when you have an idea that you may be passionate for, “when you constantly get put down for being different you will never want to make your own choices or do things that are different” remarked Chamberlain. She believes that everyone is creative in their own way and, that the internet really helps to bring those who think alike together and create a more encouraging and welcoming scene for up and coming artists, as well as those who have been in the industry for longer. ” Chamberlain also explained how she too frequently used the internet for project ideas in classes even outside of art, “I think the internet is great because we don’t have to stop when we get stuck or discouraged, all we have to do is find inspiration from somewhere and the internet provides that when it may not have been available before.” “Creativity is intelligence having fun” was a quote from Albert Einstein that Chamberlain felt really tied together with this whole topic. “I really feel that the internet helps me to be creative and have fun, which is why I feel this quote goes so perfectly with the whole idea of creativity being helpful or hurtful to students.

Great points have been brought up in both arguments but, it’s up to you to decide what side you’re on. Do you believe that the internet is a sort of crutch for people to easily replicate ideas? Or do you believe that the internet helps young artists spread their wings and take off into a world of possibility? The final verdict of this question is yours to decide.


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