The argument regarding whether or not technology has improved our world or damaged the young minds of this generation continues to grow as technology evolves. Some say technology is the best thing that’s happened to our current generation. Others say it has made the current generation dumber than generations past.
The PBS documentary, “Digital Nation,” looks into this controversy as reporters explore the lives of young people in college verses older people and their view on technology. This video brings up several pros and cons of technology. The pros include further exploration in the digital world along with the improvements in our country’s army. The cons include the people trying to multitask and the distractions of today’s technology.
It is safe to say the internet and technology around us has improved our ability to explore our world, but in a digital form. People have learned a great deal from the internet and technology. In fact, PWC’s digital IQ survey explains businesses that collaborate through technology often have a “stronger company performance.”
Our country’s war operations have also improved due to technology. According to the documentary, the U.S Army’s airmen are fighting through a computer screen. Drones are flown out to battle in different countries while the airmen “flying” these drones are sitting in a safe room in the U.S. This type of technology saves the lives of hundreds of army men.
On the contrary, the issue of multitasking and distraction comes with the use of technology. The older generation states the use of constant texting, social media, and computers are a huge distraction. Young people defend this distraction with the argument that multitasking is essential due to the many demands they have. The older generation states it is impossible to focus when trying to multitask. Within the documentary, MIT professor, Clifford Nass, conducts an experiment where young people are tested on simple questions such as identifying letters and numbers while distractions are going on. The student’s score resulted very low.
So, what is it? Has technology dumbed us down or lifted us up?