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#1 swgy



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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:30 PM

The world has changed drastically in the past 20 years as a result of improved communications technology. Now everybody and everything is connected, as most people have the ability to access the internet, communicate in a plethora of ways, or take pictures and record video from their pocket. With smart phones becoming prominent- more and more things are becoming possible with such asimple device. This scares me. Because information is so widely available it is no longer necessary to be "book smart". You can access anything, anywhere. Everything ranging from advanced quantum physics to how to bake a cake can all be found by the tap of a finger on a screen. It is instant, quick, and effective. That being said, do you think technology- specifically smart phones are making us dumber?
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:33 PM


It definitely still is necessary to be book smart in todays world. I got a 36 on my ACT and now Colleges are literally giving me money. Smart phones (iPhone from my perspective) only allow us to be more efficient in certain areas of our daily lives.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:35 PM

Are you trying to troll, or are you just anti-technology?  First Facebook, now smartphones.  No, they don't make us dumber.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:37 PM

It makes smart people smarter and dumb people dumber, a net gain of the overall intelligence of the world.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:39 PM


Are you trying to troll,

This is the guy who posted the topics about how liberals are evil; He doesn't have to try.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:41 PM

Would you be a strong proponent for the abolishment of calculators? And computers, for that matter?
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:52 PM

I can feel my IQ ebb every time I play Doodle Jump.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 07:45 PM

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:22 PM

View Postswgy, on 26 April 2010 - 06:30 PM, said:

You can access anything, anywhere. Everything ranging from advanced quantum physics to how to bake a cake can all be found by the tap of a finger on a screen. It is instant, quick, and effective. That being said, do you think technology- specifically smart phones are making us dumber?

How does this make us dumber exactly?
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:24 PM

I would imagine that, if anything, a world of technology and information at one's fingertips would accelerate the capacity for learning to degrees not previously seen among humans as it has been for the last, let's say, 30 years. Ever since computers were invented humans have been increasing their store of knowledge to unprecedented levels.

I think the real argument you're going for is whether or not modern technology has made people lazier and less self-reliant, and in that case, the answer is yes, it definitely has.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:25 PM

they make our lives easier, and that's about it.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:43 PM

I haven't really put much effort into looking for sources on research claiming that cell phones cause cancer. Does that argument still hold any water?
But as for making us dumber I don't really think so, cell phones (and most technology today for that matter) just make information more accessible.

However some of us are pathetically attached to technology, but at the same time I can't blame them. It's hard to live without it.
^ that was a tiny bit unrelated
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 12:43 PM

What?  Just because we can access many, many things with the touch of our fingers doesn't mean we're getting dumber.  Lazier because we're bestowed with a privilege, yes, but certainly not dumber.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 01:35 PM


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Posted 27 April 2010 - 01:42 PM

I'd like to see you learn quantum phyrics (or regular physics for that matter) by tapping your finger on some screen. It's not that simple and it does take effort on your part. The only thing that's reduced is the effort in finding/procuring good material.

And even if it were somehow possible to make you a master of quantum physics by tapping your finger, that's not bad at all.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 01:52 PM

I think it might make people more impatient but that's it.
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#17 Mike Wazowski

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 02:10 PM

Err no. ^_^
It may make googling something 10 seconds quicker, but I'd say they make us just as dumb about computers. Which is not at all.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 02:42 PM

I actually see what you mean - instead of learning skills you can pretty much find a guide to anything.

Although I suppose that's just helpful, so no, it's alright.
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