This has been a question I have been asking my friends and myself for the past couple of months: is technology really making us dumber as human beings? Despite the fact that technology has been advancing in the past decades with the emergence of smart phones, robots, navigation systems, Google, and even Netflix, the dependence on technology by us, humans, has both a positive and negative effect on us.
In the article, Is Technology Making Us Stupid (and Smarter), by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, it is emphasized how people have grown accustomed to a phenomenon that is not only simplifying the world we live in today, but also is increasing and expanding our knowledge on a daily basis as well. Studies done by psychologists to note the impact and influence technology has on a person’s intellect was observed and analyzed in Dr. Premuzic’s article. As stated in the article, there are two parts to the intellect of a human being: fluid intelligence – one’s proficiency in processing information that has been collected – and crystallized intelligence - one’s own intelligence. It has been observed that peoples’ fluid intelligence have been positively affected by the use of technology over time given that “the average child from 1950 would be handicapped by today’s standard IQ tests.” This goes to show that the creation and growth of the Internet has in fact not only allowed us humans to learn more, but to also easily and quickly comprehend and grasp certain notions that would otherwise be deemed complex and intricate to follow and fully understand. When it comes to crystallized intelligence, one is not apt and keen to storing information and knowledge the way we used to 50 years ago. As the article states, “the only knowledge we need to have is the knowledge of where to find stuff.” From finding the name of a song to finding solutions to various test banks, one just simply has to browse through Google by entering specific key words and phrases.
Although the article asserted that technology is in fact not making us stupid as a result of previous researches that have been done, I do personally believe that it has made us much more lazy. When sending a simple text message or writing a prompt for a class, I find myself – unconsciously – typing in words on Google to make sure that either the spelling is correct, the definition is what I thought it to be, and or to find a synonym in order to make myself look and sound ‘smarter’ – crazy I know. Indeed, the world would not be what it is today if it were not for modern-day technology and the Internet. The Internet allows us to access information and connect with people from all over. Once can say that by expanding our resources to progress as a race, we are in-fact also confining our own selves intellectually. We cannot and should not succumb to our own creations.