Not thinking is the new thinking


Zyanna Almonacy ’16 Multi Media Design Class

Are you smarter than a 5th grader? I know I’m not, but my phone is!

Zyanna Almonacy ’16
Multi Media Design Class

As technology continues to advance, the people of the twenty-first century seem to be getting left behind, but never fear, smart phones are here! Having a smart phone is like having a little genius in your pocket. Basic information just does not matter anymore because the “smart ones” will know it all for us. Often times when you ask a friend or sibling a question, their answer is, “I don’t know. Google it.” So my question today is: has thinking become overrated ,or are we as humans just too lazy to use our own brain?

Do not get me wrong! Smart Phones are an amazing invention that technicians have bestowed upon us, but these phones can also have a negative effect on our generation. According to a July 13, 2009 article in The Telegraph, phones are causing a lot of memory loss. Since we are relying on our phones for our memory and not our own brains, our memories are weakening.

“This may be reflected in the survey findings which show that the over 50’s who grew up committing more to memory, report better performance in many areas than those under 30 who are heavily reliant on technology to act as their day to day aide memoir,” neuropsychology expert, Professor Ian Robertson said while explaining the results of the effects that cell phones have on people of different ages.

Technicians have created smart phones for not so smart people. These phones are tricking us into believing that we are the new Albert Einstein. Since we are able to quickly access information at our fingertips, we fool ourselves and others into believing that we know it all.

Like every smart person, smart phones make mistakes too, but we would not know this because we are too blinded by its intellectual charm.  We trust our phones, more than we trust our boyfriends. Whatever our phone says has to be correct because inanimate objects cannot lie to us. Well,dependence on a phone, does not allow us to actually think about what it has just told us. It’s like reading notes for a test you have coming up and not understanding any of it. I guarantee you that the outcome of your test probably will not be that great.

It is a shame out generation relies so heavily on our phones. Though they are a blessing and a great way for fast communication, our dependence on such an object is a bit much. We have brains for a reason. We take too much advantage of smart phones and not enough advantage of our own brain. They have feelings too you know. If you don’t believe me, Google it.

 – Jessica Johnson, Staff Writer