Why Do Mobile Phones Make Us Stupid?
from the it-happens dept
We all know the debates that rage about using mobile phones while driving. However, now, a columnist over at MSNBC is wondering why mobile phones makes us more stupid in general. She points out a few simple examples of people in public (including herself) who simply aren’t paying attention while using mobile phones, and doing things that are either dangerous or simply rude as a consequence. The article also brings up the issue of whether or not mobile phones kill the art of conversation – and of enjoying the moment. She talks about people who simply need to be on the phone during random tasks, such as grocery shopping, discussing how they rearranged each aisle, rather than just shopping in silence. I agree that some people do get a little too attached to using their mobile phones when they should just learn to keep quiet – but I think (again) that blaming the technology is a weak response. The technology is just a tool – and the stupidity is just enhanced by it. Though, the article does provide one thought provoking fact: a study has shown that kids in Japan who have mobile phones do worse in schools than those without mobile phones.