I enjoyed the beginning of the article article “The Myth of the Disconnected Life”. Made me think of everything that upsets me about my visits to Northern Virginia. You see couples pulling up in their posh cars, and both are staring at their phones. It’s sad. Funny, I remember 3 years ago I promised myself that I’d never give in to buying a smartphone.. well I failed, because now I have one, and it knows everything, from what I buy to where I’ve been.
I partially agree with “Is Google Making Us Stupid”. It relates back to cell phones. Up until mid-high school (before I had a bulky Nokia phone), I remembered the phone number of all of my friends. After several years of having a phone, I remember making the comment to someone that I can’t remember phone numbers anymore, and sometime it’s even worse when I can’t remember names. We have changed, however unlike the article, I think my reading capability has significantly improved since the convenience of a laptop and the followed purchase of my first smartphone. Unlike the author, I find new advances exciting. The author is right, we are changing, but I don’t agree that the change is necessarily negative either. So, I agree with comment in the article that people read more now than the had in ’70s or ’80s, but that’s the most I agree with. Because of the ease of information, I hate reading less now than I had growing up.
Unlike some of the authors, I look forward to the future and I openly embrace new technology, even the prospect of having autonomous cars replace drivers. I’m excited!