We have gained much from technology, but we have also lost much. It has enhanced our lives, but it’s also (slowly) killing our lives. I want to highlight its murderous power over the next few days, starting with how it’s killing our minds
Digital technology is killing our concentration
Our brains have been literally swamped and reprogrammed. We spend around 6 hours per day consuming digital media. As a result, the human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds to eight seconds since 2000, while the goldfish attention span is nine seconds.
Digital technology is killing our IQ
University of London found people who multitasked during cognitive tasks experienced IQ score declines similar to if they had smoked marijuana or stayed up all night. IQ drops of 15 points for multitasking men lowered their scores to the average range of an 8 year old child.
Digital technology is killing our reading
Christopher Ingraham reported for the Post last year that the percentage of Americans who read literary content has dropped to at least a three-decade low. In 2015, less than half of Americans reported reading at least one work of literature—down from 57 percent in 1982.
Digital technology is killing our memory
Memorizing Scripture texts and references has become a lost art because we just need the odd word and a rough idea of location to Google the verse. We think we know things but all we know is that we can find it on Google.
Digital technology is killing our problem solving.
We don’t work at answering questions, puzzling something through, but, again, just Google it. In YouTube is my Father, Michael Anthony Adams describes how YouTube has become his substitute father, teaching him things like how to tie a tie and fix a flat.
Digital Technology is killing our creativity
With nearly every technological advancement comes secondary effects. Most of these are unseen and certainly not intended. One such area involves free time to simply think. This is an open time when we can allow our minds to wander a bit and latch onto things that we may not normally have the opportunity to think through. I believe this free space is vital and increasingly being diminished…It’s like we are allergic to mental down time. There is no space for deep thinking, creativity, or dreaming when we are constantly distracted or diverted by our technology.