Are smartphones making us lazy thinkers?

  • metta

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    Mar 16, 2015 1:27 AM GMT
    Are smartphones making us lazy thinkers?

    Reliance on smartphones linked to lazy thinking
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    Mar 16, 2015 1:49 AM GMT
    Difficult for an ordinary person to evaluate this kind of study. The most I can do is give my own subjective opinions. And I tend to disagree. If anything smartphones may in fact make us smarter, or at least better informed.

    I was using a Palm PDA back in the 1990s for organizer duties like addresses, phone numbers, calendar and to-do items. It was my "extrasomatic memory" (supplemental memory outside my own brain), my digital little black book. Then I transitioned those functions to a smartphone.

    And I'll tell yah, using these devices, including my computer and iPad, takes some learning. I sometimes wonder if I have to put as much brain power into remembering how to utilize all their features and software as the benefits I get back out of them. Jotting entries into a little black book was never this complicated!

    Only now my black book is of almost infinite size, and info can be instantly located and retrieved. IF I know how to ask the right question, sometimes an art in itself, and how to be skeptical of some of the answers, using multiple sources to crosscheck some material, which this article mentions.

    But I don't feel I'm suffering from lazy thinking, just utilizing new skill sets, in conjunction with a digital and online environment. And I feel more empowered & productive.
  • Breeman

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    Mar 16, 2015 11:52 PM GMT
    Making us lazy? In some ways.

    I think having a Samsung phone hasn't helped my memory any. I used to have 13 phone numbers memorized when I was a kid. Heh heh!! When I was given a new number, I memorized in couple of days. Ask me my good friend's number right now?? I have no idea.
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    Mar 17, 2015 4:15 AM GMT
    The vast majority of people were lazy thinkers long before the advent of the smart phone.