Smartphones don’t make you “smart”

I was at my 2nd job, which really is my former job where I’m sort of helping out…  anyway, was there talking about the impending “mango” update for my Windows smartphone with another, and they asked me “Does it make you smarter?” with a chuckle.  Normally I don’t get caught off guard, but this time I did.  Actually putting some thought into the question, I answered “No”.  It started me thinking on why it was called a smartphone in the first place.  I mean, what we considered normal phones back in the day are now often called “dumb phones”.  I don’t particularly believe that people who use them are dumb, and actually would be a bit offended at the thought of someone else thinking that I was because it was my choice to own one.  After all, they were at one time just phones that were mobile.

Respect to the British for giving their cellular phones (cell phones really don’t have cells in them anymore by the way) mobile phones or just “mobiles.”  A significantly less derogatory term and covers all types of mobile phones, sort of rolls out nicely just like other words like, bollocks, bloody hell, and bugger off.  Come to think of it, the British are so much more eloquent in their use of the English language that it puts most Americans and their slang terms to shame.  Yes, I’m making fun of myself as well here, I’m born and bred Pennsylvanian!

Back to the topic of this post though, a smartphone doesn’t make a person smart.  In fact I think any device that takes away your ability, or rather makes you forget an ability, makes you dumb.  I personally pride myself in the fact that I know most of the numbers and email addresses of people that are important in my life.  A rare breed that can actually look at a landline (remember what those are?) phone and make a call to any of the people that are important to me.  It seems sad these days to make the realization that the younger generation has not learned how to socialize without an electronic device.  I’ve personally witnessed several times seeing two teenagers texting each other while they were sitting NEXT to each other.  Is it really that hard to hold a conversation?

Final thought, no technological device makes you smarter.  How it’s used to augment your life is what determines if it makes you smarter or not.  For example, if my Windows phone were to disappear tomorrow, my life could in fact go on.  Most people would consider that a scene out of a horror movie I think.  I am not defined by my technology, rather my technology enhances my life in less important ways such that if it were to go away (EMP bomb set off by aliens) my life would not end completely.

Intro

Is your internet filtered?

Hello, not new to blogging, but new to this particular blog.  I’m a self-described geek and have been for several years, give or take a few.  I love technology and everything there is surrounding it.  My life is full of family and have a lovely wife [G] and a daughter [C], and a cat [H].  There isn’t much time left for my passions except here and there and let me just say thank you for the smartphone, otherwise I’d never keep up on the latest tech news.  For instance, I’m waiting to hear when AT&T is going to release Windows Phone 7.5 for my “not quite a year old” phone.

I tend to read more than post, but do manage to come across some really interesting stuff and certainly will share.  I don’t expect a lot, and my interests in reading generally fall into a single “it’s interesting to me” category and can’t be put into a category.  My mind works in many directions at the same time, all the time, and my reflected thoughts online aren’t any different.

Should you decide to follow, thank you.  Should you decide to keep moving, I hold no grudges.  I would like to leave you with one question:  “Is your internet filtered?”

-A