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Is our access to advanced technology making us lazy and dumb?
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it isn't. humans were always like this, the comp. just makes things easier.
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sacrificed21 wrote:

it isn't. humans were always like this, the comp. just makes things easier.


When things get easier, thing stop being used. As things are forgotten, we thus become dumber. For the simple fact that, we won't know how to do it without that which helped us do it. (Wow, that was actually rather confusing.)

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xxannaxx I did not mean that all people who use those are dumb. What I meant was, there are some that actually use those on reports and such in real life. I see it all the time, it's unfortunate. I don't judge people by the quality of their typing myself, but the quality of their arguements. It seems nowadays a lot of people just jump to the "You're a fag." response to an intelligent arguement.

P.S. I'm not saying you jumped to that conclusion, I just thought I'd clear that off my mind.


I understand that, and people that use that on reports apparently have no common sense anyways. Anyone with half a brain would know you have to use proper grammar on reports and ect.
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That's what I was saying.
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Yes, it is. Day by day in my opinion. But, watcha gonna do? Take my comp away and be prepared to lose your hand.
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Well, cc, all you need to do is keep your spelling right, and have common sense. With those two wonders, you'll be able to keep your computer, and you intelligence.
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Scarlet_Myrmidon wrote:

Well, cc, all you need to do is keep your spelling right, and have common sense. With those two wonders, you'll be able to keep your computer, and you intelligence.


That is what in-class essays are for.
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reikiaddict, most of the essays done at my school here are done in the computer lab with direct access to the net, in-class doesn't mean it's not possible to do them stupidly.
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Scarlet_Myrmidon wrote:

reikiaddict, most of the essays done at my school here are done in the computer lab with direct access to the net, in-class doesn't mean it's not possible to do them stupidly.


WHAT???? that is unfair. We get ot write em on full-scaps. Darn it. Even for Computer Programming, we have to write em on paper.
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My school is 'laxed as hell, just like I said in the Canada thread.
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Oh abel89, it is very obvious that you have yet to go to college. When you start meeting English majors from America at American schools you will come to realize that it takes the lowest form of intelligence for them to succeed. English teaching at a highschool level attracts the most anal of philistines, and regardless of your personal hero's stellar work ethic, I don't buy what he is selling you.

Yes, most people are morons. But I wouldn't blame that on technology. The truth is, most people have been morons since the dawn of civilization. The biggest change that we are facing in th last couple decades is that now the morons are being forced to stay in school till they earn their freedom. Morons are being farmed and consumed by the system. Technology might be sedating the masses, but that doesn't mean that everyone is sinking into a euphoric state of "fat and happy".

"Back in my day, we had to walk twenty miles to school, buck naked, in the snow, uphill both ways!" The fact that one generalization provided by an ENGLISH TEACHER gets your panties in a bunch makes me worry about you a little and might just serve to prove your teacher's point. Sure he is an adult, sure he has seen a little. He sounds like a motivated guy and probably isn't too shabby. But for being a philistine technophobe, I cannot forgive him.

Technology is an amazing catalyst for information exchange. Globalization might be raping the world at the moment, but I'd say it is changing the face of the planet in strange, exciting ways. Technology has performed miracles in the realms of medicine, art, education, communication, mathematics, science; everything is expanding at mind numbing speeds.

Technology brings people together. Take crunchyroll for example. Ten years ago, I'd have never thought one forum could have such a diverse, global readership. If people outside of your immediate surroundings stop being foreign and unknown, what will that do to the barbaric institutions of war and racism? I'm not saying humanity will be around to see the end of those two, but the only shot we have at survival lies inside the womb of technology.

Yes, technology leads to comfort, and comfort to laziness. But the flaw of his argument is that novelty only lasts for so many generations. You don't see people saying "Ugh! Flying to Europe is so lazy! Back in my day, we took a boat for two months!" Or "Ugh! You can't drive down Route 66! Back in my day, we took the Oregon Trail and got Cholera!" Technology becomes a natural part of children's lives, and old men will always look on disapprovingly. To the old, things were "right" at some imaginary time in their mind. Unfortunately, humans are never satisfied and that time never really existed.

America is farming morons because we live in a capitalistic society where everyone has the right to happiness, even if they don't deserve it. That means money can get you almost anything, regardless of individual skill. It is the self-centered system itself that breeds stagnantation. Technology is the scapegoat he uses because the real problem is much more terrifying.

P.S. This teacher guy probably came from the generation that expected to see flying cars. He is probably really hurt inside because "those darn a-rabs" and "all these stupid kids" are keeping him from his childhood dream of a flying car. The atomic age really got people excited about technology. Unfortunately, we later discovered that the universe was actually more complicated than originally anticipated. Oops!
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I have serious worries about the younger generation since they grew up around all this technology.

We who were born in the 80s may be one of the last, if not the in-between, old-fashioned generation as we know it.
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I have serious worries about the younger generation since they grew up around all this technology.

We who were born in the 80s may be one of the last, if not the in-between, old-fashioned generation as we know it.


Ya now I'm begining to think so as well now that you mention it, at least the later part of what you said. I'm not sure if technology is to blame but so much as culture itself. I hate to say "damned kids, back in my day....!" but it's starting to feel that way. I can relate to someone who is 40 easier than I can relate to someone who is 17 anymore. I'm continually shocked by the things I hear younger people say (particularly online) and I don't remember things being that bad when I was that age. I don't mean obscene or anything, just mind numbingly ignorant. And it's an unaware ignorance if that makes any sense.

Maybe technology is to blame somewhat. I think younger people are exposed to alot more now than they used to be. I didn't get internet access till the mid 90s (and there really wasn't much on it before that anyways). So I was limited to TV, movies, and the library. I think it made me read more, and that may be apart of the issue right there as well. I'd have thought I'd died and gone to heaven if I had something like crunchyroll when I was 13. But would things like that have deprived me of the more traditional childhood I had? Building tree forts, saturday morning cartoons, etc? For me growing up, going to the library was something exciting. And this was before libraries had extensive video collections let alone manga.

Maybe younger people are getting their social grounding more and more in the digital arena and are begining to lack the skills that used to be developed growing up? Well, not everyone is an online junkie but everyone is connected now, text messaging and what not. We're always connected now. Who doesn't have a cell phone now? I remember when the "cool kids" had pagers in school. Hell email is passe now. But this generation is more tech savvy and are willing to spend alot time online, even if they aren't the traditional "geek." Since they're so busy living in the present, have they essentially put blinders on to the rest of the world?

I read an article where the horrible butchered english used online and in text messages is showing up in papers for school. That kind of concerns me, but mayne it's just the language evolving. I'm sure our ancestors from 200, or even 100 years ago would be appalled at the liberties we were taking with the language a few decades ago.

I don't think we're necessarily losing something with the increase of technology in our lives, so much as we are exchanging it for something else. I'm not saying technology is evil, I think it's quite possibly our source of "redemption" if you will (of fixing all of our problems, like disease, poverty, etc.). But I think we may have let it take over too much of our lives. I love electronic entertainment, and I'm not advocating trashing it all to frolic in the woods, but I don't think there is any kind of balance anymore. I think those of us who grew up in the 80's and early 90's had more of a balance. I watched TV and played video games, but I still read and actively used my imagination.

Are the kids like Calvin anymore (of Calvin and Hobbes fame)? Makes you wonder.

Enough long winded "back in my day" rambling.
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blind51de wrote:

I have serious worries about the younger generation since they grew up around all this technology.

We who were born in the 80s may be one of the last, if not the in-between, old-fashioned generation as we know it.


Ya now I'm begining to think so as well now that you mention it, at least the later part of what you said. I'm not sure if technology is to blame but so much as culture itself. I hate to say "damned kids, back in my day....!" but it's starting to feel that way. I can relate to someone who is 40 easier than I can relate to someone who is 17 anymore. I'm continually shocked by the things I hear younger people say (particularly online) and I don't remember things being that bad when I was that age. I don't mean obscene or anything, just mind numbingly ignorant. And it's an unaware ignorance if that makes any sense.

Maybe technology is to blame somewhat. I think younger people are exposed to alot more now than they used to be. I didn't get internet access till the mid 90s (and there really wasn't much on it before that anyways). So I was limited to TV, movies, and the library. I think it made me read more, and that may be apart of the issue right there as well. I'd have thought I'd died and gone to heaven if I had something like crunchyroll when I was 13. But would things like that have deprived me of the more traditional childhood I had? Building tree forts, saturday morning cartoons, etc? For me growing up, going to the library was something exciting. And this was before libraries had extensive video collections let alone manga.

Maybe younger people are getting their social grounding more and more in the digital arena and are begining to lack the skills that used to be developed growing up? Well, not everyone is an online junkie but everyone is connected now, text messaging and what not. We're always connected now. Who doesn't have a cell phone now? I remember when the "cool kids" had pagers in school. Hell email is passe now. But this generation is more tech savvy and are willing to spend alot time online, even if they aren't the traditional "geek." Since they're so busy living in the present, have they essentially put blinders on to the rest of the world?

I read an article where the horrible butchered english used online and in text messages is showing up in papers for school. That kind of concerns me, but mayne it's just the language evolving. I'm sure our ancestors from 200, or even 100 years ago would be appalled at the liberties we were taking with the language a few decades ago.

I don't think we're necessarily losing something with the increase of technology in our lives, so much as we are exchanging it for something else. I'm not saying technology is evil, I think it's quite possibly our source of "redemption" if you will (of fixing all of our problems, like disease, poverty, etc.). But I think we may have let it take over too much of our lives. I love electronic entertainment, and I'm not advocating trashing it all to frolic in the woods, but I don't think there is any kind of balance anymore. I think those of us who grew up in the 80's and early 90's had more of a balance. I watched TV and played video games, but I still read and actively used my imagination.

Are the kids like Calvin anymore (of Calvin and Hobbes fame)? Makes you wonder.

Enough long winded "back in my day" rambling.


I understand what you mean and even though I was born after the 80's or whatever, I don't act my age, some people on here are ignorant, I am sometimes but I'm sure I was born like that. But yes, I see some 13 year olds acting like their I don't know 16? And some of the things they talk about just makes them seem stupid even though they think they are being very intelligent .
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