Have we lost the art of critical thinking? Is technology to blame? Whether or not you believe that is true, this post offers tips on reclaiming our brain cells.

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Written by lyceum
579 days ago

Cathy Miller: Thanks for your reply! A day like this, I want to express my thanks to the tech industry! :)



Written by BizRock
585 days ago

I don't think that technology made us stupid, but technology definitely made us lazy! :)

Thank you for sharing this great post!



Written by Cathy Miller
580 days ago

Thanks for weighing in BizRock & Tiroberts. I tend to agree. At least I know I have. ;-)



Written by tiroberts
585 days ago

I agree, BizRock. If anything we've gotten smarter because of the advancement of technology. But as we've gotten smarter, we've gotten lazier.

Ti



Written by lyceum
586 days ago

Don't we decide ourselves if we want to become "stupid" or "lazy"? Isn't tech only a toolbox for our worklife?



Written by Cathy Miller
580 days ago

Absolutely, Lyceum, which was part of my motivation behind the post. Choose not to. :-) Thanks for your take.



Written by tcamba
586 days ago

Thanks for the reply Cathy. "Googling" it says it's an island in Hawaii. I'm not from Hawaii nor from US.

Seeing it from a positive view, he's doing socialization through gaming. It does have benefits if it's controlled. They say it improves the brain. It distracts us when we're hurt. Help us gain motor skills( used as a physiotherapy ), when we had an accident. It induces decision-making. It improves hand-eye coordination. It also enhances creativity and some video games improve language, cognitive and math skills of the gamer.

On the other hand, according to Violent Video Games (2010), “playing violent video games can make some adolescents more hostile, particularly those who are less agreeable, less conscientious and easily angered”. Blake (2006) discovered that, “Women are not usually used in video games, and when they are, their purpose is usually sex appeal”. This causes children to think of women as just good looking objects to have sexual relations with. For me gaming provokes laziness - no physical doings and unhealthy eating habits if uncontrolled.

Also, too much of a good thing isn't as good as it is.

By the way, I just thought of it, did she try to cut off her son's access to online games?



Written by Cathy Miller
580 days ago

Hi Tcamba. I think she tried, but it was too late. She was a single mother, using the gaming as something to keep him entertained so she had a break. While I agree gaming has its pluses, I totally agree that too much of anything is not good. I still think it's sad that he chooses to miss all that Hawaii has to offer.



Written by tcamba
590 days ago

Technology has certainly made a lot of us lazy, especially this summer. I've got a lot of friends being online in Facebook and not going out to enjoy the sun.



Written by Cathy Miller
587 days ago

Thanks for the comment. It reminds me of a story of a tour guide I had in Maui who expressed her greatest regret was turning her son onto online games. He does no outside activity at all. Can you imagine that, living in Maui?



Written by Cathy Miller
591 days ago

Thank you for the nice words, Sian. Like most things in life, technology comes with the good and the bad. And I can relate to the "lazy but not stupid." :-)



Written by Sian Phillips
591 days ago

Great post Cathy, that got me thinking......which is good :) Yes I think technology has made me lazy - although I do still love using the paperback dictionary rather than spell check. However, it has also broadened my mind and knowledge. I read so much online these days that I find I am learning something new every day. And if I want to find something out then Googling it is brilliant - but I tend to read through a lot of the Google results so pick up extra bits of info I wasn't intentionally looking for. So yes - lazy, but not stupid :) Thanks for sharing on Bizsugar.com



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