Do smartphones really make us smarter?
It’s an interesting question, one with a few different layers. Instant access to the internet sure comes in handy when you can’t remember the name of that one actor in that movie, or need to find a restaurant.
But, how about when it comes to Truth? Have smartphones or the internet helped the spread of truth?
That one is a pretty complex question. Why? Because for every piece of truth you find online, there are probably 10 pieces of trash. And, unfortunately, the internet isn’t set up in a way to place priority on truth.
Google (and social media platforms like Facebook), have very complex algorithms to show you “what they think you want to see,” regardless if it’s true or not. This works fine and good when it comes to music, but when it comes to bigger issues like religion and politics, it doesn’t really work that well. (For example, often times, opponents of Catholicism oppose what they think is Catholicism, not what it actually is.)
You can see the issue when we rely on the internet as a second brain and that brain gives us an inaccurate view of reality.
What can we do? For many of us, we need to re-learn how to learn. To defend the faith, we can’t just regurgitate information or link to an article, we need to really understand the concepts. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s a commitment to increase our knowledge and understanding, not just our Google search skills.
Be the Men.