Are we getting dumber?

@shattered (1731)
Philippines
December 20, 2010 8:14am CST
I know that we have experienced the convenience of technology such that everything we need is in our blackberry, iphone, android phone or just a plain mobile phone. We have been introduce to such an easy lifestyle that remembering things is no longer a necessity. We are so fascinated with google that we no longer try to memorize facts, we rely on the google searches and wikipedias. But has all these technology under our disposal good for us? Are we really better now with technology or has technology been so comfortable that the human race has actually become dumber?
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8 responses
• India
20 Dec 10
No, Not at all we Obviously have grown more smarter and we are still becoming smarter. We have surely become more Lazy as all the work we have is simplified by machines but we have become more smarter as compared to our Ancestors. Nowadays small kids are able to do very much creative work and in our time we could not even operate our Computer. The Generation is moving at a very fast rate and is becoming smarter day by Day.
@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
21 Dec 10
Yeah small children are really smarter now. And lazy may be a better word than dumber but the older folk can't seem to catch up But technology has really simplified most of the things that we do.
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• India
21 Dec 10
Yes Technology has made us Lazy But still we are the smarter folk and we are growing more smarter day by day.
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@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
22 Dec 10
True enough, technology has given us so much knowledge at our disposal, it is what we do with our knowledge that matters after all
@meuji100 (198)
• Philippines
21 Dec 10
Technology really makes us dumber. We rely more on them when learning facts. Books and other reading materials become useless when we use the computer. We tend to focus on searching the net rather than reading a book to find facts and answers.
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@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
21 Dec 10
You're the first one that actually gave an affirmative answer to my question! Somehow I agree that the lack of mental practice and research we do have dulled the edge in our capacity to think somewhat. But as what the other have said may be technology in itself is not the reason but our over reliance on it made us forego some of the simple things we do that sharpen our memory and skills don't you think?
• United States
21 Dec 10
I would not say dumber at all but I certainly can say that most are getting lazier. As yes technology convenience certainly helps us to forget the old ways which we at times refuse to go back.
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@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
21 Dec 10
Yeah, it is frustrating when I see children asking for calculators to solve simple math problems. yes it is easier now, but the old way allows you to practice your memory. It also frustrates me when I look for a calculator or a laptop just to do a simple accounting of my daily or weekly expenses! Man I am becoming lazy as well!
• Philippines
20 Dec 10
For my share of the pie, I think that the technology today is changing us and made everything from the simplest task more convenient. Other people might termed it lazy, and it is true. In terms of remembering or memorizing, I think we still do that too but only to a smaller extent. I guess that we are not too discerning when it comes to information and other things that came out of the web. Another concern of mine is the information overload that some people might be experiencing from constant use and exposure to the internet. We're not getting dumber but we are settling for the second best, maybe even the lowest best. You really can't blame people for being too reliant on technology but it always up to the person/user to make most of technology. Sometimes, people tend to forget to what extent a tool can help and what ways a tool can hinder.
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@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
21 Dec 10
I agree with you that our IQs are increasing, moreso with the younger generation. Your concern is well placed, tools are just tools but over-reliance on them can be a problem. It becomes a hindrance to learning and to life in general. Before we teach children to use the calculator we should teach them how to add, subtract, multiply and divide first not the other way around. Tools are not supposed to be substitute for skills, they are just there to assist. Dumber may have been a strong word and lazy is more appropriate
• Philippines
20 Dec 10
I think most of us have are relying too much on technology that we just don't want to stop and analyze anymore. Homeworks and papers used to mean going to the library and working on them. Nowadays, it usually means just searching the internet and sometimes, just copying stuff off the internet. I understand that's not always the case but I believe it happens a lot. This is sometimes evident like in during the segment "Jaywalking" from the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," there are many people who have don't know much about general knowledge, which is quite ironic. Questions as simple as what is in the center of the solar system, a person answered the earth for goodness' sake. From the show "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader," one of the worst was someone spelled "vowel" as "voul". I find it very alarming because the children today who are exposed too much to the comfort of technology and become "lazy and dumber" will be the future of our civilzation. But again, there's always smart and intelligent children/adults. To everyone reading this, I am not saying everyone is like this. I'm just expressing my opinion and presenting some of my observations.
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@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
21 Dec 10
I agree with you that the basic/general knowledge is indeed missing. Math skills rely on calculators and processing units that some people cannot add or subtract large numbers without the aid of technology. It is alarming when 5th graders trump adult in national TV and these children are not even geniuses in their level. There are smart children, I just hope that the basic skills are not neglected too much that we retain our ability to memorize and do math.
@zandi458 (27954)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 10
With the birth of all these new age technologies it has not only made the brains lazy to think as everything now goes with the press of the buttons and we'll get all the information we are looking for, it has also made us poorer as anything new in the market is quick to make us rush to get it. Our human wants are never satisfied. The latest model in town is sure to hit the price ceiling and our eagerness to have a new gadget is something most of us can't resist. It is made us twice a fool.
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@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
21 Dec 10
I agree with you that technology nowadays become obsolete in matter of months! If we want to catch up we have to spend a lot of money. Maybe dumber is not the right word, lazy seems to be a more proper description.
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
20 Dec 10
Hard to say--now that we have access to all of this information, plus different viewpoints, perhaps we are becoming generally more knowledgeable. But certainly we are losing basic skills, such as addition and subtraction, spelling, and handwriting, now that technology handles all of these things for us!
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@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
21 Dec 10
Perhaps dumber is the wrong word to use. But you are right most of us have a difficult time memorizing phone numbers and contact details when we used to do it easily before. Maybe the lack of practice have dulled our skill. I do hope we retain our arithmetic skills.
@kodukodu84 (1576)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 10
Not really to me, I don't buy all of those thing because having one or two is enough. Plus they are not a free stuff anyway. People still needs to work hard and save a lot to enable them to get these technology stuff. It mostly a good help for me, for example online banking when I live in the city where it is far away from a lot of things including banks, offices, and so on. Only some people who are really worshiping this stuff and even sometimes forgetting the real life without any of these gadgets. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day
@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
21 Dec 10
Technology really is amazing and yes we do not have to buy every gadget they sell. As long as we don;t rely too much on it we won't have too much of a problem, I guess