It’s an aged old arguement, that the reliance on newer technologies makes us less capable than we were before. I’ve never completely bought that arguement myself. Yes, it is true that new technologies means, in part, that we no longer are reliant upon knowing certain things. But it also means it is no longer necessary to know certain things are are better capable of using our new tools to create new ways of doing things. Sure, there are dozens (if not hundreds) of stories of people following their navigation systems right into a building or a river. The stories we don’t hear are the number of people who get to their destination more efficently or with less stops. I don’t think technology makes us dumb. People who think critically about the world around them are neither more or less likely to think critically with newer tools, and the converse is true as well. The degree of efficency is all that changes.
Of course, that’s just my opinion. As always, feel free to discuss amonst yourselves in the comments 🙂