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Technology and the Minds of a Generation

            David Jones, a professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presents his feelings towards his students using technology, "I just gave my class a midterm, and I was really asking obvious questions that, had they been attending carefully in lecture and had they been doing the readings carefully, everyone should have gotten 100 percent on this exam. And the mean score was probably about a 75 percent. It's not that the students are dumb, it's not that they're not trying, I think they're trying in a way that's not as effective as it could be because they're distracted by everything else" (Dretzin). Today people are addicted to technology, and it becomes a necessity in their daily lives. Eliza, a student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tells about her addiction to her BlackBerry, "I have a few friends who, if they hear the word BlackBerry, they think of me. Like, I am never off of it. It is glued to me. When it's more than an arm's-length from me, I start to get panicky. It's very disconcerting." While there are positive aspects to technology, it has a social and intellectual downward effect on people today. Technical devices pose dangers such as multitasking and making it difficult for people to make face to face conversation from overuse, but technology also has a very optimistic advantage.
             People that have a mobile device handy during his/her every day routine will more than likely find themselves scrolling through social media or texting in between or during these tasks. He/she displays this behavior because they're trying to stay up to date with what is going on around them, but this causes multi-tasking which is an impossible skill. A classic psychology states that the brain cannot do two things at once, but people today would argue otherwise (Dretzin). Professor Cilfford Nass created an experiment where he chose very high chronic multitaskers, and "tested how quickly the students could switch between tasks without losing their focus (Dretzin).

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