5 Ways Technology is Making You Dumber

Technology is a beautiful thing. I love it and am thankful to be living as a young(ish) adult in today’s world. Technology, without a doubt, makes our daily lives easier and saves us time. You no longer have to spend endless hours on a Saturday shopping for groceries and waiting impatiently in the check-out line. A few clicks on your grocery app and BOOM! Groceries ready for pick-up or delivery. Want a bottle of laundry detergent sent to your house automatically every 2 months? Done. You can basically snap your fingers and whatever the hell you want will show up on your door step. Not to mention, every person in the country is walking around with tiny computers in their pockets at all times. Tiny computers that will answer all your questions, take photos of your avocado toast in portrait mode, tell you the weather in Sydney and provide step by step directions to literally any place you want to go.

For a Xennial like me, it’s mind blowing to look back on the advances in technology that have occurred since my childhood. Oregon Trail, Number Munchers and blowing air through the Nintendo game cartridge to get it to work again were all huge parts of my youth. But then again, so was hide and seek and freeze tag. Do kids even play outside anymore? As much as I love technology, I do think it has been a tad detrimental to my IQ. Here are a few examples of how technology is actually making me dumber.

#1. Autocorrect!

I have to admit, having a magic dictionary at my finger tips that automatically corrects my mistakes has deemed itself quite handy. However, autocorrect makes me question every single thing I ever learned about grammar in grade school. I will look at something I know is wrong and totally second guess myself because I have seen it written incorrectly time and time again, all thanks to autocorrect. “We are open on Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.” SOMEBODY MAKE IT STOP!



#2. Automatic faucets in bathrooms.

I was in a restaurant bathroom the other day furiously waving my hands at the faucet for an embarrassing period of time, only to discover it was the kind you have to turn on and off. Jazz hands or not, the only way that sucker is pouring water is if you actually turn it on.



#3. The only phone number I know is my own.

I don’t even know my own husband’s phone number and I’m vaguely aware of the fact that area codes even exist. Except 305. That is Miami’s area code. Thanks, Pitbull. Dale!



#4. The magic pop machine at Wendy’s.

First of all, why are there so many damn flavors of Coke nowadays? There is only one kind of Coke I want. Diet. And don’t even get me started on the water. Getting water to dispense into my over sized plastic cup now comes with the same level of difficultly as a college calculus exam.



#5. Easy access to a calculator at all times.

Remember the days when your teacher would say to you, “You better learn this because you’re not going to be able to carry a calculator around with you every where you go!”? Well, I sure showed you, Mr. Highshoe. I don’t want to brag, but I used to be able to do long division in my head in grade school. These days, I struggle to add 17 + 3 and use my fingers to count to 10 way more than I care to admit.



Hopefully technology hasn’t impacted you as much as it has me!

See ya on the next post!

The Chic(ish) Chick

*All images sourced via giphy.

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