Our current and future generations are losing the ability to think without technology. There's a generalisation - I hate generalisations (I also understand the contradiction I just made). It seems if you want to begin a discussion, you need to start with a generalisation, then say it depends, of course. So, Our current and future generations are losing the ability to think without technology, except the ones who aren't. I'm seeing fewer of those in some parts of the world and more in others.
Let me give you an example: A young girl is at a boarding school. She must hand in her phone each night. She's caught with a second phone. The process of removing the second phone leaves her distraught. She's had a phone since she was six years old. Without a phone, literally, her brain works differently in a way she has anxiety about. What is her life experience without her phone? What language must she now use to communicate to the outside world if not in characters expressed through her fingertips? What are her memories that provide her with context about past decisions, or the development of values, attitudes and value of time? What is her ancestral program of beliefs if not those given her by her phone and internet connection?
Since our outputs are the sum of processing of our inputs, what will her outputs be like when she can not rely on her phone and internet connection to process? How will she handle inputs from a sensory world that isn't restricted to that coming from her phone?
I've come across many remarkable children in the current generation who stand out because they can....wait for it....look at you, smile, hold a conversation, listen and consider and reply accordingly. I would have thought that was a relatively normal occurrence in previous generations. I've come across exceptional clinicians and coaches with the same competency to think critically - it's exciting. And then there are those reliant on decision making based on what they can glean after referencing their phone...Trump-like.
I'm wondering whether there'll be a correlation with devolution of human intelligence as a stand-alone from technology, an evolution of human intelligence inseparable from technology or a revolution to excel with human critical thinking to make best use of technology. If you're in a position of service to a young generation - what are we up to, these days, Generation Alpha? - then think of this... who amongst them operates amongst others without their technology, and if you spot them, don't they stand out? Do you see how ridiculous that is? That standing up on your own two brains is the new standing out?
In Roman times, the populace was contained with entertainment in the great Colosseum. Since then, sport does the same. Be not a slave to it, though. The easier way to suppress critical thinking is to provide entertainment to the masses instantaneously, or drama, to have them unable to function properly until their next fix.....think gambling advertisement, Married At First Sight advertisements, The Bachelor advertisements....that is the de-volution of human intelligence as a stand-alone from technology and standards of critical thinking.
The teaching of courses in some parts of the world are challenging because without phones, students are unable to function. They take less in while recording on their phone (in case they ever want to watch or listen later, which they never do). If you insist that phones are put away, anxiety sets in and they take less in. And then we are back to the concept of education - from the latin, to educe, to bring out. It has been said by many, "Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn."
Technology can involve people, no doubt. It is indeed telling and showing. I wonder, like anything, whether it can take over ones ability to think for yourself, to experience the great physical world we live in and I'm sure as hell it can't help you speak to someone in a normal way - 90% of the impression someone has of you occurs with your first words. It shouldn't be, "ok, google".