In the ancient world –when a phone was called a brick –terabytes of information were not available on sleek devices that fit in our pockets. Now we have iPhones and Samsung Galaxy’s that can quickly access essential and trivial facts of our daily lives, where once we had to remember all that stuff.
But new research shows device usage may be evolving into more than just convenience –they may be changing how we think.
“The brain in your pocket”, an article in the journal ‘Computers in Human Behavior’ is a study lead by Nathaniel Barr and Gordon Pennycook of the University of Waterloo Ontario says those who think more intuitively and less analytically are more likely to rely on technology. “That people typically forego effortful analytic thinking in lieu of fast and easy intuition suggests that individuals may allow their Smartphones to do their thinking for them.”
What’s the difference between Intuitive and Analytical thinking? They cite this problem: “A bat and ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?”
An intuitive response: The ball must cost 10 cents, right? Unfortunately, this response is obviously wrong -10 cents plus $1.10 equals $1.20, not $1.10. Only through analytic thinking can one arrive at the correct response: The ball costs 5 cents. (Confused? Five cents plus $1.05 equals $1.10.)
Avid Smartphone users seem to avoid this sort of analytical thinking. The researchers asked subjects how much they used their smartphones, then tested them to measure not just their intelligence, but how they processed information.
“Could you as effectively use knowledge on screen as someone who just knows it?” Barr said. The work “strongly suggests we should be trying to encode information ourselves rather than externally sourcing it.”
“The use of Smartphones …Raises many questions that cannot be ‘Googled’ for an answer.”
Read Article (Justin Wm. Moyer | washingtonpost.com | 03/12/2015)
In other words, don’t let your mobile device consume (assimilate) you, your life should not revolve around a device -it revolves around you. Think about it! Also think about the majority of society that use a smartphone only as a Cell-Phone, in hopes of one day learning its full functionality.
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