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Is our access to advanced technology making us lazy and dumb?
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One day, as I was listening to a very interesting lecture from my English teacher, I heard him say something along the lines of this: "to the contrary of what people think, your generation's access to all this technology simply makes you dumber and lazier, it makes it so you don't have to learn more than how to punch in buttons on a machine, while said machine does the rest, because of this you don't really have to use much brain power, or physical power for that matter" could he be right?, I mean there are so many signs that he is, what are your thoughts on the subject?
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well i find that our access 2 this tech. only accelerates our learning therefore making it easier 2 progress. also my sci. teacher said "that it was once said intelligence doubles every century, now it's said 2 be doubled every 4 years."
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good topic hmmmm thats interestin cuz he is right but hes wrong aswell
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No it is, confort comes first who gives a crap about lazzeeness and duumbieness
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but comfort only begets laziness, which begets stupidity
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who cares as long as we are happy
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technology makes things easier and makes hard labour more and more ineffective...but yeah I think that it makes us more passive at times...
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kris07 wrote:

but comfort only begets laziness, which begets stupidity


Stupideness does not neccesarly stem from Laziness but usually somethign to do with your genetic make up
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^ur happy w/ a low iq?
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^Eh ? elobarate...
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abel89 wrote:

One day, as I was listening to a very interesting lecture from my English teacher, I heard him say something along the lines of this: "to the contrary of what people think, your generation's access to all this technology simply makes you dumber and lazier, it makes it so you don't have to learn more than how to punch in buttons on a machine, while said machine does the rest, because of this you don't really have to use much brain power, or physical power for that matter" could he be right?, I mean there are so many signs that he is, what are your thoughts on the subject?


Anyone else see the irony here? A friggin english teacher? Arguably the easiest most cupcake job in the world? And he is calling us lazy? I highly suspect he wasn't in tip top shape either. What a waste of goddamn space. Someone should take him out and shoot him in the street to spare the gene pool of his presence.

The bottom line is that it that technology pushes people - and society - forward. I'm as much a romantic about the past as the next guy, but I'm first and foremost a realist. Life sucked in ye olde days when it came to mundane day to day living. Maybe he likes the idea of shitting in a chamber pot or an outhouse. Maybe he likes the idea of developing Polio. Maybe he likes the idea of guys like Stephen Hawking not being able to communicate with the world.

He does realize those of us actually in the technology field have to go back and learn most of it, right? Oh wait, he doesn't - he's a goddamn english teacher. His idea of "technology" is youtube and his iPod. I'm learning how to use components that are obsolete, and how to calculations by hand. Why? I'll never do it those ways in industry - it's to allow me to understand what's going on, not just how to "push buttons". Technology doesn't push itself forward - there are many many hamsters running on little wheels behind the curtain.

Physically? Hmm we have less manual labor, that is true, but it hasn't limited our physical potential at all. We can live longer and healthier than before, even if people choose not to. Are more people out of shape because they don't engage in manual labor? Yeah I'll give him that. We can drive everywhere, ride escelators and elevators, and use machines to do alot of old traditional manual labor (look at factories and farms now). I'd say america is overly reliant on these conveniences, but elsewhere around the world they've managed to say healthier than us while still enjoying the benefits of a modern society, so his argument isn't against technology, but the american lifestyle. Actually his argument is against america's reliance on technology, not technology itself. We are the cause, technology is the means.

I think technology has dumbed us down to a limited degree when it comes to language and culture. I don't think our brains get the same intellectual stimulation they used to. Compare a letter written by an average civil war soldier to what you would send in a long email to day. But I think that may be more due to the evolution of the language as much as anything esle. Thanks to spell check, nobody knows how to spell anymore. Hell look at the abomination of language of internet slang (see games forum for examples). But then again, it's easy to look at the past and praise the culture until you stop and notice that most of what we see was targeted at high scociety - not the peasantry. They enjoyed their bawdy carnal pleasures as much if not more than we do, it just wasn't perserved quite as well. I think the main difference is the focus has shifted from more intellectual entertainment to more base and carnal. The later was usually swept under history's rug, but it's now taken center stage.

What an arrogant worthless prick. I'm going to assume you're in high school. You know why men go into education, particularly high school english and history? THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING ELSE. It's as low as you can go while still requiring a college education. Academia cuts them off from the real world and they lose their perspective, like your idiot teacher obviously has. Don't get me wrong, I've had some awesome english and history teachers, but their oppinions on technology are as relevant an actor's oppinion on politics.
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couldn't have said it better azrael, those were basically my thoughts exactly
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wow thats a lot 2 take in
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well, with the internet, i feel fortunate to have so much disinformation at the tips of my fingers
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I was about to right my opinion but az's post says it all.
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