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Is Technology Making SUNY Broome Students Smarter?

Is it possible that the technology you use is actually making you smarter? SUNY Broome's convocation speaker explained this theory to over 700 students on Tuesday.

Clive Thompson is the author of "Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing our Minds for the Better." He explores the idea that technology invents new ways for users to be creative.

Thompson says to avoid becoming narcissistic with technology, like social media, children need to be taught how to use their resources intelligently.

"It's a challenge, it's hard to do. But if we train kids right, we're going to have a generation of thinkers who have more open minds and a greater range of things they can use to think about," said Thompson.

"It's outstanding how much information you can have access to through technology," said Raedelle Shaw, student at SUNY Broome.

But what about the argument that technology reduces social interaction? Thompson argues that humans are naturally social people, and that no amount of technology will change that.

You can learn more about Thompson's theory at smarterthanyouthink.net.



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