Are Smartphones Making Us Lazy Thinkers?

Charles Jacobs, Writer

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On phones nowadays, people search up phone numbers, directions, and characters from TV shows. These are things everyone looks up on their phone. But, could smartphones be making us lazier when we mentally rely on our phones every day and don’t think for ourselves anymore? A study from the University of Waterloo in Canada says that there is a connection between needing smartphones and not thinking deeply about solving problems. It may be too early to tell, but it’s true that there is indeed a connection between the two. “The problem with relying on the Internet too much is that you can’t know you have the correct answer unless you think about it in an analytical or logical way,” says  Gordon Pennycook, one of the study’s originators. According to Pennycook, highly intelligent people tend to analyze and work out problems logically, often second-guessing themselves. Pennycook and his study co-author did a test and those that did badly on the test reported looking the answers up on their smartphones. Smartphones are used so much that it’s hard to believe that the iPhone has only been around for less than a decade, the internet has only been around for 25 years and we rely on it so much.

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