Technology can enable us reach out to people in ways that were never possible before, but at the same time, it is also extremely capable of bringing out the absolute worst of humanity as well.
Smartphones have long been the subject of debate in terms of the impact that the devices may have on individuals, so Jason Perlow’s claim that smartphones may in fact be making civilization stupid in the article,Smartphones: Transforming society into a sea of stupid, is not altogether surprising. One aspect of the article in particular which holds quite a bit of merit is the fact that smartphones are making people socially detached. While this is of course true in many cases, it is important to recognize that this cannot, and should not be generalized to all of society. The overuse of technology will undoubtedly lead to social detachment in individuals; however, if technology is used within reasonable limits, it is entirely possible for an individual to benefit from the tools available on smartphones without losing social interaction in “real life”.
Any technological advancement will have revenge effects; however it is ultimately the use of the technology by the individual that will determine whether these revenge effects will be extensive or minimal. To say that technology is turning society into a sea of stupid would be an over-generalization. While it is true that technology may in fact be making many individuals socially detached, this is not true for all of society. It could even be argued that devices such as smartphones enable people to be even more social than ever before. With 24/7 access to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter people are always connected and interacting with one another. On the other hand, is this type of interaction truly considered socialization, or is it simply allowing individuals to disguise their social detachment? So the question remains, is society doomed to become a sea of stupid as Perlow suggests? Only time will tell!