The rise of technology is making such impacts on its users that they are now younger than they’ve ever been thanks to the demands of technology. Using and monitoring technology is a mentally stimulating activity. Experts in technological studies pose that because devices and programs are so advance, they require an increased level of brain activity. The increased level of brain activity is what has researchers suggesting that typical aging is not so typical anymore. Scientists are, now, concluding that 50 is the new 42, because of modern technology and its sharpening cognitive effects.
Researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria has examined their aging studies in 2006 and in 2012 and found that cognitive test scores have resulted in a significant increase. This is partially due to a shift in lifestyles that involve a high usage of technology, on a day-to-day basis.
On the other side of this [entire] debate, it is argued that technology has made users ‘dumber’ because of their/our growing dependency on it…
Will the debate ever really be finalized? We aren’t certain because we have all seen the positive and negative effects of technology on society.
How do we determine if it makes us smarter or dumber? We analyze!
1) What is it used for?
2) What’s the frequency of use?
3) What results does it yield (in action and its users)?
These questions won’t answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ but it will give you an understanding of your relationship with your devices/software.