Is technology making you dumb and dumber-er?

VoicetagThat’s what a recent study would like you to believe: you’re getting dumb by using mobile technology. Some of the study results appear to support the claim with results like:

  • 25% of Britons don’t remember their landline number
  • Only 33% can recall three immediate family member birthdays
  • 55% of men surveyed remembered their wedding anniversary while 90% of the women did. My hunch is this last result has long been an issue well before the emergence of mobile technology. 😉

There’s definitely something to be said for the study, but I don’t believe that "tech is making you dumb". Instead, we’re finding ways to leverage technology and free our minds [sorry to borrow a line, Morpheus] so that we can focus our brains on more complex issues. If I was getting paid to remember my phone number and recall that number a dozen times a day, I’d likely remember it. Fact is: I don’t give my phone number out all that much, so do I really need to spin brain cycles on it? No, I’d rather put it in speed dial so I can exercise my brain in more challenging ways. I think the study shows something valid, but not the fact that we’re getting dumb as a society because of technology. What do you think?