Internet makes you clever

World wide wibble users are convinced that using the Internet will make them cleverer over the next decade.

An online survey of 895 Web users and experts found more than three-quarters believe searching for porn and amusing pictures of cats will raise their IQ.

The study, conducted by the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University in North Carolina and the Pew Internet and American Life project, shows that most think the Internet would improve reading and writing by 2020.

Co-author Janna Anderson, director of the Imagining the Internet centre did not just interview the great unwashed for her study – she also asked some experts too.

Three out of four claimed the use of the Internet enhances and augments human intelligence, and two-thirds said use of the Internet has improved reading, writing and the rendering of knowledge.

However one in five people believed that the Internet rots your brains of those who use it a lot.

She said that there are still people who are critics of the impact of Google, Wikipedia and other online tools.

The study was inspired by an August 2008 cover story in the Atlantic Monthly by technology writer Nicholas Carr headlined: “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Carr told the authors he still believed that the Internet stuffed up your concentration and could lead to… oh look a fire engine.