Is modern technology making you smarter?

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Recent research has shown that middle-aged brains are getting smarter partly because of the requirements of modern technology.

Academics at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) showed that a sample of English people aged over 50 recorded cognitive test scores similar to those aged between 42 and 46 who had been tested six years earlier. This is good news, as cognition typically declines with age.

Nadia Steiber, a researcher at the IIASA, thinks the divergence can be explained by lifestyle changes. She said: “Life has become cognitively more demanding, with increasing use of information technology by older people and people working longer in intellectually demanding jobs. At the same time, we are seeing a decline in physical activity and rising obesity.”

Has technology helped you to become a multi-tasker.  Have you trained your brain to engage and embrace all things linked to technology. Has your smart phone made you smarter? Has your grey matter expanded due to the requirements of getting to grips with new technology?

Is modern technology making you smarter?

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major red
9th Sep 2016
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makes me lazy like a calculator and not it my head so now i have to use it as i have lost it old age i suppoze they do say dont use it lose it seems so
28th Oct 2015
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Yes as I can read Wikipedia which is amazing!
11th Oct 2015
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it doesn't make me smarter, but it sure makes me so much more lazy
27th Sep 2015
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I love being able to dive into new ideas and problem solvers by just clicking a few buttons. My knitting has improved as I have found new techniques, I have added all sorts of different recipes to what was a rather stunted repertoire due to years of working long hours and being too tired to care. My garden too has benefited from all the helpful tips I've come across. I've learnt more since I retired than I ever thought possible. Long may it continue!!
Deborah Mika
25th Sep 2015
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Easier to sign up to learn new things with sites such as FutureLearn instead of heading off to night school in the cold and wet nights.
Pendle Witch
14th Sep 2015
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I feel that modern technology is leaving me behind. I would like to go to a class where I am informed about the latest gadgets and what exactly they do and how to operate them. When I am travelling I am astounded that the majority of people have a phone, or other gadget, permanently in use. What are they all doing?
11th Oct 2015
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Totally agree with you.
11th Sep 2015
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I,love technology but I despise 'passwords', I can't write them down anywhere, am forever forgetting them but they are there for a valuable reason.
14th Sep 2015
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Consider downloading a free copy of "LastPass", a password manager which securely stores all of your logins and passwords on a server.

You then only need to remember ONE password to open the software each time you open the application. It will remain open for as long as you want. You just have to set it up in Preferences. It is truly a great program (I am no connection whatsoever with the company).

There is an optional PRO version for syncing with mobile devices so that it stores your information for more than one device. Absolutely not needed for regular use on a computer).

Another great feature is that you can fill out forms with your name, address, etc., even credit card info, to complete web forms such as when shopping or registering other programs. Try it; you may like it.

For program help you can ask the software developer which is quite responsive. Good Luck.
6th Sep 2015
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I love technology everything is at your fingertips, I can go to the other side of the world in an instant for information.
3rd Sep 2015
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AMAZING. Instant knowledge at your finger tips.
1st Sep 2015
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I love technology, it opens the world up to you as you are getting older, it makes keeping in touch with your family easier I love nothing more than receiving photographs of my grandchildren and it definitely keeps the little grey cells active which is not a bad thing as you are getting older. I also like the social side to the Internet where you get to meet interesting people and you get to read interesting stories.
1st Sep 2015
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It is the way forward and we all must learn a little bit. I have to use technology at work and take every opportunity to learn from the younger members of staff. They are so clued up !! It opens a whole new world for some people - a bonus i should think for the housebound!
1st Sep 2015
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I would agree. It keeps your brain stimulated. Of course it can be an issue with all the emails I get but even that I suppose keeps the brain active looking and responding to them
1st Sep 2015
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Yes I think that all this technology has made me keep my brain cells going. Not only do the phone and ipad make me more active but when looking online I am always looking at sites like Wikipedia which is brilliant as it has so many links to other information. I can be sitting there for an hour on this site and it is hugely interesting on any subject

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