iPhone Love

A recent Stanford University study confirms what we all know: iPhones can be addictive. What interests me is the relationship iPhone users (in the study, college students) have with their phone. They use is as an alarm clock, a watch, and external memory storage.

It was not so much with the object itself, but it had so much personal information that it became a kind of extension of the mind and a means to have a social life. It just kind of captured part of their identity.

The ways technology changes the way we think and socialize are only begining to materialize. If we can outsource our memory, increase our storage capacity, consolidate our reliance on devices, what kind of thinking do we really need?

I’ll tell you: critical thinking. How good are we at teaching that?

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