When was the last time you carried on a meaningful, intelligent conversation that didn't consist of an email or a text, or, better yet, one that didn't involve looking up an answer on your smartphone? Iím sure there is a mix of responses, but Iím going to go out on a limb here and say that you probably canít remember.
Maybe you are one of the millions of obsessive-compulsive consumers who have traded in a game of Friday night Trivial Pursuit or quality dinner conversation for pings and dings from your new best friend -- the smartphone.
Iím sure many of you have seen the multitude of advertisements and news segments hovering around the iPhone 5. Technological excitement now fills the fall air, and many are waiting in long lines just to get first dibs on this savvy new gadget... Is this what defines us now?
We no longer think for ourselves. We rely on the smartphonesí navigation tool just to get us down the street, Shazam to help us identify a song, and our contact list just to help us remember Momís phone number or even our own.
Our brains have become lazy in the age of smartphones. Iím starting to wonder if people will even need to attend school any longer. Will students ever have to remember who the first president of the United States was? Maybe not: Thereís an app for that!
The masterminds behind these handheld gadgets are pretty intelligent themselves, but itís making everyone else, well... dumb. We no longer pay attention to the world around us, and we have become detached from reality. We have come to rely on our smartphones for our entire schedule, directions, numbers, and even our social life -- but ultimately it will cause us to be an anti-social and an unintelligent society.
For those of you who still prefer to have what is known as the ďflip-phone,Ē donít feel bad. Many refer to this is as the ďdumb-phoneĒ and will go as far as to make fun of you for even owning such a dinosaur. Remember this: You may end up being smarter than the rest of us... and thereís no app for that.