Originally Posted by patrickwalker
Technology does make people dumber largely because they think technology inherently makes them smarter. *It really does.
I checked Wikipedia, your
Seriously though, I haven't read any studies that show any correlation between a lowing intelligence and technology usage. Everything show humans progressing faster because of technology, not inspite of.
If you are referring to knowledge and not one basic ability to learn, I haven't read anything on that either, but I have noticed that each new generation deems different things important so while you might find it egregious that less kids know where Istanbul is on a map they do seem to know more complex concepts at a younger age. I'd say these are more important traits.
I bet there was a time, not too long ago, when not knowing how to hunt or farm made you look like a lazy idiot, and any concepts or ideas you had about the world we now take for granted were best left unspoken or else you'd seem even dumber. I'm sure there are some famous examples out there.
Frankly speaking, I don't consider rote memorization an accurate measure for intelligence and I have to wonder if it's as necessary in this digital age of highly accessible information. I'll conclude with a quote from Einstein, "Never memorize what you can look up in books."