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Spell Check Dependency Does Not Make People Dumber

by Kathy Jones on August 29, 2012 at 9:30 PM
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 Spell Check Dependency Does Not Make People Dumber

American writer and consultant Marc Prensky has revealed that people who often use spell check in the computer to get the correct spelling are not dumber than those who are not dependant on such options.

Presnky, who is the author of In Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom, published this month, argued that this reliance can be beneficial for the human race, but only if we are wise about it.

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According to The Age, Presnky said that the storage capacity of certain machines is larger and more reliable than the human brain.

When Presnky was asked about how did he feel about technology like Google, Wikipedia and auto-correct, which allows people to forget basic knowledge like spelling, he replied:
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"It all depends on what your definition of what basic knowledge is. Spelling was basic knowledge when we didn't have spell check. Now, why should spelling be basic knowledge? A machine can do it better".

Presnky, however, added that these things are not perfect.

He also noted that growing dependence on machines was not wrong.

Presnky said that our access to databases and programs that carry out complex computing functions allow us to complete tasks that we are not capable of or at least cannot complete quickly.

Source: ANI
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