"We are a gadget happy nation, but the gadgets make us dumber, not smarter." This sentiment might seem obvious to 21st century audiences, but it was actually written in the Lakeland Ledger in 1977 by a writer confounded by the transformation brought about by innovations including 8-track stereos and instant cameras.
Computing and communications technology innovations have transformed how we work, how we interact with one another and how we live. Recent research has shown, however, that technology can also change the way we think.
As certain skills become unnecessary or obsolete thanks to technology, we adjust and adapt. Our brains, however, aren't quite as flexible. Explore how different technologies are dumbing us down.