There are many negatives associated with smart technology: texting and driving or blue light rays inhibit sleep. But now we can be sure that the digital age is not making us dumber, according to a new study.
While some might have a hard time finding places without Google Maps, the researchers found that the digital age isn’t sapping any brainpower.
“Despite the headlines, there is no scientific evidence to show that smartphones and digital technology harm our biological cognitive abilities,” says University of Cincinnati professor Anthony Chemero, co-author of a new paper in Human behavior from nature.
On paper, Dr. Chemero and colleagues from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto present on the evolution of the digital age, explaining how smart technology complements thinking, helping us to excel.
“What smartphones and digital technology seem to do instead is change the way we engage our biological cognitive abilities,” says Chemero, adding that “these changes are actually cognitively beneficial.”
Computers, tablets, and smartphones help with memorizing, calculating, and storing information and present it when you need it. Because our phones can direct us where we want to go, can solve math problems with ease, and memorize phone numbers, our brains can use that energy for other uses.
In addition, smart technology allows us to make decisions that would be difficult for us to make on our own. For example, using GPS technology we can choose a route based on traffic conditions or if we take a more panoramic route.
For example, he says, your smartphone knows the way to the ballpark so you don’t have to look for a map or ask for directions, freeing up brain energy to think about something else. The same is true in a professional setting: “We will not solve complex math problems with pencil and paper or memorize phone numbers in 2021.”
Albert Einstein once described that he never memorized anything, so he could use his brain power to form ideas.
“You put all this technology together with a naked human brain and you get something that is more intelligent … and the result is that we, supplemented with our technology, are able to perform much more complex tasks than we could with our biological abilities. complemented. ”Chemero added.
“While there may be other consequences for smart technology, making us stupid is not one of them.”
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