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Book smart, street smart, Internet smart

Posted on September 20, 2005 by Sarah Eaton.

All of our little technological helpers--are they making us smarter or dumber?

My co-worker often jokes that she has no short-term memory; instead, she has her Outlook calendar.  One could argue that, because she isn't spending all of her time thinking about what she has to do because the reminders tell her, she can spend her time more effectively, doing higher-level thinking.

Another example I can recall--really not too long ago in the grand scheme of things, before the Internet was all-pervasive in my places of business--has me saying things like: "Hey, I have a really good idea for this article, and I know something similar happened a while ago that I can lead in with, but...I can't remember when or what exactly."  Now I ask the Internet.

So does that me smarter?  It makes me more efficient, that's for darn sure.

Check out this CNET article, which debates both sides of the issue. 

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Mother's Little Helper is now a BlackBerry.
I can't tell you how many women I've seen pull out their handhelds when you ask them a simple question about their families' schedules.
The handheld manufacturers should get wise and create a kid version so everyone can sync their family schedule.
However, I'm not sure if family schedules have become so complex we need these devices to keep on track or that these devices have fed the increasing complexity.

Posted by: Susan | Sep 20, 2005 8:38:47 PM

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