Smartphones and digital technology don’t stupefy us, new study finds

Smartphones and digital technology don’t denigrate us, they instead alter the way we engage our biological cognitive abilities – changes that are in fact cognitively beneficial – according to a new study that explains how smart technology complements thinking.
In an article titled “Technology can change cognition without necessarily harming it” in the journal Nature Human Behavior, Anthony Chemero, a social / behavioral expert at the University of Cincinnati, explains that while there are many negatives associated with it to smart technology there is also a bright spot, concluding that the digital age does not make us stupid.
While there can be other consequences of smart technology, “making us stupid is not one of them,” says Chemero.
In the article, Chemero and his colleagues at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management outline the evolution of the digital age, explaining how smart technology complements thinking, helping us to excel.
According to Chemero, smart gadgets like smartphones and tablets work as an auxiliary, serving as effective tools for memorizing, calculating and storing information and presenting information when you need it.

Despite the headlines, there is no scientific evidence to show that smartphones and digital technology harm our biological cognitive abilities.

Anthony Chemero

Additionally, digital technology increases decision-making skills that we would be hard pressed to accomplish on our own. For example, when we are driving in a new city, the GPS technology on our smartphones not only helps us get there, but also allows us to choose a route based on traffic conditions, explains the lead author of the article. , Lorenzo Cecutti, doctoral student at the University of Toronto.

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