Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Technology Makes You Dumb

Don't get me wrong - I am a self-proclaimed technophile. Anyone who knows me the slightest bit will also know how easily I get fascinated with electronics and anything technology-related. I guess I am wired that way.

However, I cannot discount the fact many of us tend to become too reliable on technology. I just read this news story about a woman from Utah who is suing Google because she stepped onto the middle of a highway as she was (presumably) following the instructions on Google Maps. She got hit by a car - yeah that tends to happen if you stand in the middle of a highway! As much as I love Google Maps, I think I'll realize that I am getting the wrong directions (or at least that something is not quite right) if I suddenly see a highway.

Over dependence on technology can harm you in other ways. Just the other day, I was sitting at Krispy Kreme enjoying my coffee. I almost burst my seams laughing when this woman stepped off the escalator, walked in a semi-straight line, and walked right into the glass walls. You guessed it - she was texting the whole freaking time!

So does technology make you stupid? Scratch that title - I'll go Forrest Gump on you. Stupid is as stupid does.

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