The Effects of Computers: We think we are smarter than we are.

The article makes two very interesting points. The first is that if people think they can just look something up, then they don’t remember the information as well. But more importantly, people think that the computer’s abilities are their abilities and delude themselves into thinking that that intelligence is theirs. In other words, if a student thinks they can look words up whenever they want, they then know what the word means and how it is spelled even though they don’t. It would seem that putting computers in schools and colleges only makes people think they are smarter without it actually being true.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-internet-has-become-the-external-hard-drive-for-our-memories/

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