Technology is making us dumber! This was the consensus of a recent study into technology and its impact on our day to day lives.
While technology is fantastic, and has improved our lives vastly over recent years, it also provides lots of distractions and plenty of excuses. Why try to solve a problem yourself using your brain when you’re just seconds away from the internet wherever you are? Most mobile phones these days have some form of internet access, and with people growing more and more attached to iPhones, Blackberries and other fancy phones that seem to do everything save hoover the floor, it’s no wonder we’re constantly distracted.
I’m a relatively old fashioned person. Brought up in a household that owns the bare minimum of modern technology, I own a first generation iPod touch that barely works and a standard Nokia phone with very few features. The only remotely fancy piece of technology I have is my mac book, which was ‘free’ with my chosen university course (I say ‘free’ somewhat skeptically, considering the amount I’m paying for tuition!) I can’t afford to keep up with technology and no sooner have you forked out on the latest iMust-have, another five versions have been released. My phone makes phone calls and sends texts, what on earth else do I need it for?!
It’s no wonder that technology is making us dumber, it provides plenty of excuses to not do things ourselves. We don’t need to go to the supermarket and do our shopping because online shopping is just a click away. We don’t need to communicate with human beings over the phone because we can use chat services online for most companies and we don’t even need to see another human being when we enter a shop because the self service checkouts are readily available; in the bank you can now visit a machine to pay your money or cheques into your account rather than go to a member of staff. Not only does this put lots of jobs in jeopardy but it also makes the staff lazy and less in tune with how things work, and frankly it’s a pain in the arse because technology doesn’t always work!
Having access to the internet and other forms of communication 24/7 is definitely having an impact on us, probably for the worst! Very often when I’m trying to sleep I’ll get the compulsion to check Facebook, and I spend most of the day consistently with Facebook open in a browser on my laptop. I’ve even fallen into the habit of checking it on my phone. Fortunately my phone doesn’t do much else other than access Facebook so I’m not one of those people constantly receiving and replying to emails. People are losing touch with proper communication, I’d sooner send an email than make a phone call or talk to someone in person and it’s doubtless going to have an even bigger impact on children who will grow up surrounded by all this technology.
We’re finding technology replacements for almost everything. We’ve replaced books with Kindles (don’t get me started on Kindle users! I don’t understand why anyone would want one) no doubt we’ll be replacing newspapers with a similar contraption on which we can download a newspaper every morning rather than, god forbid, walk to the shop and buy one.
I’m finding it increasingly difficult to keep up to date with technology. I can’t afford an iPhone, which everyone seems to swear by these days, and to be honest I don’t want one. Why does a mobile phone need to do everything a computer does? Seems like a ridiculous waste of money. It goes without saying that there will be fewer jobs the more we rely on technology. Supermarkets need less staff thanks to self service checkouts, if the Kindle craze continues we won’t need to print so many books and the humans doing that will doubtless lose a few jobs and the list goes on. Humans being replaced by technology will only encourage a lazy society; if we don’t need to be able to add up or work out things because technology will do it for us, then why bother to learn?!