people

Twitter, Facebook really do make people stupid, says science

Friday, February 14, 2014 by: Julie Wilson
Tags: Twitter, Facebook, stupidity

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders
Delicious
(NaturalNews) 2014 exists in an era when technology allows us to instantaneously access vast amounts of information; however, this advancement has apparently caused our intellect to dwindle, resulting in a population of people unable to think analytically.

A recent study conducted by Dr. lyad Rahwan, an honorary at the University of Edinburgh, revealed frequenters of social network sites like Twitter and Facebook, have difficulty thinking critically and independently.

Dr. Rahwan's study consisted of a group of 20 individuals whom he asked three trick questions repeatedly.

"For example they were told that a bat and ball cost 1.10 [British pounds (GBP)] in total and that the bat cost 1 [GBP] more than the ball, and then they were asked to work out how much the ball costs," reported the Daily Mail.

"The intuitive answer is 10p but the correct answer is actually 5p."

The test subjects stuck to their original answers even after being questioned repeatedly. Then the doctor provided the same questions to a second group, this time allowing them to first answer individually and then answer together in a group where they could see each others' responses. It became apparent when one subject achieved the correct answer. Soon the other group members followed suit, immediately changing their answers to the correct one.

Surprisingly, the group did no better when asked the second or third questions, leaving Dr. Rahwan surprised and able to suggest that the subjects were "copying the answers without putting any real thought into what they were doing."

In other words, as usual, the sheep were simply following the other sheep.

"We think people are unwilling to reflect more because it takes time and effort and in daily life we don't have the luxury of time to verify everything," commented Dr. Rahwan.

It turns out that immediate access to endless amounts of information is actually inhibiting our thought processes instead of adding to it. Researchers call it "superficial intelligence" and an encourager of relying on others' opinions.

Information sharing among social media websites also tends to make us just plain lazy and prohibits individuals from forming their own opinions when they can easily access the opinions of others and simply blend in.

Dr. Rahwan points out that this almost naive absorption of information leaves us more susceptible to believing "dangerous" or untrue information, such as government propaganda or lies that corporations tell in order to sell you their products.

Other studies indicate that people are more capable of remembering where to search for information on Google than using their brains to store information.

While advances in technology provide us with many pleasures that most of us cannot live without, it also introduces a plethora of possibilities that we should fear.

For example, a newly developed, but so far unapproved, app allows Google Glass wearers to access one's information by simply looking at them. That's right, with the help of facial recognition, the Google Glass app called NameTag is able to pull up information such as your social media profile, name, address, photos, and even your criminal history by simply looking at you and scanning your face.

The image is sent wirelessly to a server where it's compared with millions of records and can return a match in a matter of seconds. This "innovation" instantly breaks the barriers of privacy, exposing your innermost personal information, like your dating profile, right in front of your face.

The app creators say the only way to escape this horrific invasion of privacy is to sign up on their website and opt out at FacialNetwork.com. The site already has nearly 2 million registered entries.

NameTag creator defends the app, saying, "It's not about invading anyone's privacy" but allowing us to be interconnected and translating a big "anonymous world" into a small, friendly town.

As far as being forced to interact with one another like it's just a small, friendly town, it's safe to assume that most people would like to be in control of who they interact and share information with; after all, not everyone is friendly.

Luckily, the app is currently banned by Google.

Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

http://www.eonline.com

http://www.facialnetwork.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.