SOCIAL MEDIA MAKES APES OF US ALL
You’d think that with all this instant access to information, we social media junkies would be all the smarter for it. Apparently, not really.
A new international study on the importance of social learning has found that while we may know more, any increase in intelligence is superficial because we’re thinking less to arrive at our own conclusions – so, social networking essentially teaches us how to copy, but not how to think.
Research by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, and The University of Edinburgh in Scotland, found that users of sites such as Facebook and Twitter are copying useful information from their “friends” but aren’t using analytical thought processes to arrive at the information independently.
Researcher Dr Iyad Rahwan says: “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.”