In our everyday lives we rely so much one our iPhones, tablets, and the internet in general. Most people in the world today would not even be able to make it a full day without the use of any technology. It seems mind boggling that years ago, people were able to create such complex things just from the use of their brain. For my research paper my topic will be, “Do computers make people smarter?” With this I hope to find specific examples of scientists and astronomers who invented things without any help and I also hope to find things that are being invented today with the use of technology. I would like to see the difference between the two, and the complex thoughts that it took people back then versus what it takes now to create new inventions.
In this article entitled, “The Pros and Cons of Using Computers in Classrooms,” Karehka Ramey describes the pros and cons of the use of computers in school. She explains how computer are used to complete many different activities that can help the way a student learns to become simplified. Nowadays, students use computers to take notes because of auto correct on different applications. Some people believe that this can improve their vocabulary. However, computers are making students become less creative because they are starting to rely on these applications. Calculators, for example, are allowed in almost every classroom, so this causes the children to rely on them for math problems a lot of times. If a teacher were to take a student’s calculator away who is always dependent on it, they will most likely not do as well.
In Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic’s article entitled, “Is Technology Making Us Stupid (and Smarter),” he begins by describing what a day without a smartphone would be like. We would most likely not be able to remember everything that was supposed to get done that day, we would have no directions to rely on to get to a certain destination, and also we would have nothing to keep us occupied. He writes, “Without internet access, even a 7-year-old is smarter than us,” this is as long as they have access to the internet. When we are not on social media or using the web, our intellectual vulnerability is extremely weak because of how much we rely on computers in our everyday lives. He explains that the way intelligence is defined as people’s willingness to solve problems. Because the internet and all of technology will just continue to grow and advance from here on out, anything that can be solved will become available online.
In the article entitled, “Google Effect: is technology making us stupid?” by Genevieve Roberts she discusses different studies that were made based on problems the internet is giving people in the world today. She talks about a study by Dr. Maria Wimber who worked with the internet security firm on their research. From her information she gathered that the internet changes the way we handle information. She states, “it is likely to be true that we don’t attempt to store information in our own memory to the same degree that we used to, because we know that the internet knows everything.” Today our brains rely on the internet and devices way more than they used to. A study shows the forty nine percent of people do not know their children, parent, or significant other’s phone numbers. This is because it is as simple as just saying, “call mom,” to your phone and it will do so. For those people who grew up with a land line phone, more of those people know phone numbers by memorization because they used to have to type the entire phone number in.
In this article entitled, “How computers make kids dumb,” by Andrew Orlowski, he explains different examples of children who are not benefitting themselves in anything through the use of technology. He states that, “A study of 100,000 pupils in 31 countries around the world has concluded that using computer makes kids dumb.” Students with access to a lot of books at home usually perform better than those children who have more access to technology. Children are developing something called, problem-solving deficit disorder and this can be solved simply by turning off all devices and making the children play using imagination.
In this article it is explained that computers and technology affect our everyday lives. People rely on computers in almost everything they do. In this article it states that people are less likely to remember what they see or read on computers. Computers and devices can also be distracting which can create distance between people. A lot of times when people look up something, an overload of information comes up so people tend to skim something rather than read it fully. The article wraps up by stating that the web has negative effects on social and psychological processes.