Are smartphones making us smarter or dumber?

Are smartphones making us smarter or dumber?
 

 
 
 
 

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Anonymous

Everything can make you look dump and zombie - like.

The main objective is to know how to use or do a certain thing through your entire life.

Unfortunately most people are so easily disorientated by the media and advertising.

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I think there are some ways in which you gain knowledge, but while there may be an app that tells you "how to build a fire", many people lack that very basic skill. They are unable to build an adequate fire...though the app that show you where constellations are in real time, is a pretty sweet app.

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I have a Nokia E63 and I love it!

I love having a phone, mp3 player, camera, portable web browser and sat nav all in one device.

After seeing the iphone OS and Android, you can really tell that Symbian S60 needs a big update to keep up with the much nicer looking OSs

I havent seen S60 5th edition though, maybe that is better.

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I own a Sprint Samsung Ace, but I don't do much with a smartphone. But I do listen to Live365, check e-mail using Hosted Exchange from Sherweb, take pictures and sync with Microsoft ActiveSync (I can't wait to do that with Zune software), use Fring to receive phone calls that's registered with my home server through PPTP, and all of that stuff exceept that I don't Office Mobile. :(

But I do have a couple of problems with Samsung Ace.

  • The screen is too small. When browsing the Internet, I have my nose touch my keyboard while I squint my right eye (my left eye is blind). Yuck and ouch...
  • Listening to Live365 is battery-draining. I don't know why, but it does irk me when I will not be connected for the rest of the night with my dead smartphone. :(
  • As related to my first point (uh... selecting text is quite awkward in this forum software -- no, not my phone), browsing the Internet in my phone is not that easy; it's because I can't zoom in any further in Skyfire browser. I can select Large Text in Pocket Internet Explorer, but that won't help see things better due to some websites which could lock the font size. I don't know why, but it's kind of weird. There are no other browsers that can work with Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard.
  • My phone is very limited to what I can do in Windows Mobile Standard, for the reason that I can't afford a touchscreen for $250 or more. I bought a Windows Mobile phone for $200 with $100 rebate during November of 2008. It feel like I am running Windows XP Home in a laptop, or Windows XP Starter Edition for that matter.

If I get myself a financial aid check, I might afford myself a Windows Phone 7 phone.  I could switch my Samsung Ace over to Android, but my phone does not have touchscreen. Plus, there are no Tasks and Notes that came with Android when it comes to full support for Microsoft Exchange.

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Anonymous

my phone was a smart phone back in lets say three years ago... i have a sony ericsson c900.... i have yet to update from my old one... but i dont know if it makes us smarter or dumber... the question would be does smart phones make us lazier or more creativ? i think it is lazier

Anonymous

i don't own a smartphone. i might get a windows 7 mobile phone. not apple. i can't stand anything that apple have brought out.

best thing since sliced bread. what was the best thing before. a loaf of bread.

Anonymous

It is making us be more productive for the same amount of time given, and still have the same salary. So what is the point of having a smartphone in our lives if we become more stress and lose the time to be with family and friends. Humans are a social creature, it thrives on social activities (that is why facebook and youtube are very successful). If not, then that person is chaotic state and will likely be brining pain on to himself or others. Anyway, i think the more dependent we become on smartphones, the more isolated we become from interacting actual humans and have hand on experience.

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Folks, anonymous voting was disabled unintentionally, so those that those that tried before and couldn't vote, please vote now.

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One of our skills as human beings is to adapt to situations and sometimes we have to change the way we interact with others to fit in. In certain cases it is possible that video games, electric devices, music, etc. have an addictive effect, however, in such cases, those are only symptoms to much severe problems that one has to take into account. Now I do see lot's of people my age, at the University, using their so called smartphones to send messages via facebook to a partner sitting half a meter to his/her left. That's what I call crazy but it is the same with Apple's overpriced iPhone device, everyone of them got one - yes I do think facebook makes you stupid, not because of the whole package and the privacy issues, no, because their is almost no human interaction involved. I'm 25 years old so I can hardly say I'm from a different generation but I simply can't understand the thing. Whenever someone wants to contact me I do have an email address (actually I have 2), a phone at home with 240 min of recording time and a Sony Ericsson P1 phone. And in general I do like to meet with them in person to discuss matters directly, emails are ok too. Now there are much more things we do on those devices. Some of them like email clients and office applications are very helpful when you need to edit important docs on the go. Personaly I do use the camera from time and the included games. Mostly however I use the FM-radio as well as the audio player and that's why I bought this phone in the first place - I only do about 25 phone calls a month so to me it is a multimedia player with phone capabilities. I do think that most people do not buy smartphones because of that. It is more like: "Mom I need this new phone - Why? - Because it has touchscreen and is so cool - But you already have one? - All my friends have one... OR: You really are a mindless Zombie and get fooled by the media again and again.

Btw. Rodney, here in Austria it is against the law to drive and use your phone at the same time, even when you are using it as a gps-device (also not a good idea). When caught by the police you will have to pay a lot and take part in group therapy (no joke). If you are involved in an accident and you were on the phone, they will revoke your license and you won't be allowed to drive again on public streets and the judge may sentence you to a few years in prison too if their were serious injuries.

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It's against the law here in Ontario Canada to drive and hold a cell phone, but can use bluetooth. Not sure about texting while driving though, but that's worse that talking on the phone.

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Anyone having issues voting on this poll?

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alot smarter, to bad most people get zombie like and addicted to those things...

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it depends on the person.. but most people is getting dumb/zombie even without smartphones..
few people use a smartphone with all its functions.. they are the ones wich become smarter

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I say that it depends on the person, and how they use the smartphone. But in most cases I say it's making us dumber.

Anonymous

It's making us dumber. Period. People today are dumber than they ever have been it seems.

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Most people are dumb, few are smart, we can't blame that on a smart phone. Takes a few brain cells to learn how to operate these phones, requires some reading skills. They are devices of luxury, not crutches of the brain. They also cost alot of money, so you probably have to have some skills to earn that kind of spread. 

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Anonymous

you're using less brain cells and utilize less brain significantly lower if you're using smartphone.you can get whatever you want to find in seconds, and you dont always have to remember things because you got the 'second brain'.

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So i created an account just to say:

YESS RODNEY!!! ROCKING THE XPERIA X10

I was going to get one till I heard it was going to cost 1000 dollars. Lo and behold rogers releases it for $550. Its too bad that I got my new phone only 2 weeks earlier =(

Anonymous

I have a really old and basic mobile phone. I'm waiting until some good MeeGo phones are out.

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The correct answer is: smart phones don't make us smarter or dumber.

Anonymous

I'd say it depends on how you use your smartphone.
If it's actually used to keep in touch via web, email, sms, phone etc, and to use these as sources of information then it could be more beneficial unless the user bases their life around the device.
If all it is used for is to play games/watch videos on it then this kind of use renders it redundant as a smartphone, and also renders the user redundant as a functional human being :P

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I think smartphones are great, but have some really BIG disadvantages, well at least mine does! I have a HTC G2 aka Hero. and It's battery life is awful, I can just about get a day out of it, and then it needs a charge. Where as my trusty sony k800 can last 3 days without a charge, and take far better pictures, and still has internet/phone/sms.

Anonymous

the phones are getting smarter, the people are getting dumber. lol

Anonymous

More like phones getting dumber and people getting dumber. There getting limits that you shouldn't even say smart phones will replace desktop computers like google says. Well at least android has little more freedom unlike Microsoft newest WP7 is just downgrade from WM6.x. They had to dumb it down for mainstream.

Anonymous

I agree the phones are getting more advanced but people in todays world are dumber than a bag of rocks.

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Hmmmmm, i thinks they are more useful, iphones are good but i dont know, its one of them unanwerable questions.

also what phone is that Rodney?

Anonymous

I think it really depends on which kind of person you are.

You can become a zombie but just because you have a smartphone does not mean that you will become stupid and/or a zombie.
However, getting adicted to them is pretty easy ^^

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I think smartphones are making us smarter because we usually go on Internet to research and there's tons of resources you can find.

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i think the good outweighs the bad as far as using a cellular device and driving is concerned, but otherwise, they're wonderful devices.

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smart phones are overrated

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How insightful.  Do elaborate some. 

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I cannnot see the pool :(

Back on topic: I think that smartphones are very good but we need to use them wisely.

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Honestly, I think that  the smartphones  are makeing us dumber! You ask why? It's easy! Most people these days take their phone and go into the Internet and google everything they need. The problem is that most people dont hold it for necessary to read a book. that's a big disadvantage of the new technology

Anonymous

I believe that we are all becomeing sheltered people stuck in our own little world glued to a computer or phone. I swear i want to take a hammer to my friends phone he texts to this 15 year old girl all day and tells everyone they are going out and their bf and gf so i started making fun of him cause hes a 19year old trying to have a long distance relationship with a 15 year old girl and they both got mad at me like im crazy, it would be nice if i didnt have to listen to his keypad click on his phone its like click click click click click click click click click click click click click click and it annoys the shit out of me.

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Yes, I agree in a way. The Internet has made most people skimmers. We now tend to read only the main points and miss of the finer details. It's also made us multitaskers where we focus very little on one item for long.

Although, the Internet and everything connected to it has opened up a world of possibilities. I know I would have loved to have the Internet when I went to school and university. Because it would have made researching a lot easier.

I guess it's like anything, it has it's ups and downs.

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Yes that's right. I'm happy that i can use this technology at school. I also look much things in the internet up but, I'm also useing our City Libary because I can work with books better.

to sum up: I think a mix of New Technology and books, is the best methode to reach the finish.

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Dumber?  No, not at all.  I would think they are making us smarter or rather more informed.  The number of nifty apps that I can download on my Droid that give me little facts or just generally informative are great!

 

Reckless?  Yes, all to often do I see people not paying attention to what ever it is they are doing because they are playing with their phones.  I've been ran into while hanging out on campus, I've seen wrecks caused by people not keeping their eyes on the road, and I've seen many one sided conversations between two people resulting in a very disgruntled friend (I will admit I am guilty of this from time to time.)

Anonymous

For me no smart phone in the world make sense if got my handy for calling and my pocket pc for doing everything else

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I don't own a smartphone although I'd like one.

I'm one of those few persons who walks around with a normal, old mobile phone that is made to send sms's and phone with. That's it! I also don't have an mp3 player or anything from Apple.

So, if would want a new fancy little toy, I'd buy a smartphone.

I'm not sure if it would make me smart or turn me into a zobmie... But I guess it would be usefull for me because I would be able to awnser/read all my mails, read forums etc while waiting for my train and save a lot of time like that.

So, if I didn't vote for 'I don't own a smartphone', and actiualy owned one, I'd have gone for Productive and Happy :)

I wish I could buy computers for 5$

Anonymous

Does an iPod touch count?

Anonymous

Lol, apparently dumber

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Maybe you meant, iPhone?