Technology Is Detrimental To Intelligence

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Technology is Detrimental to Intelligence
According to Merriam-Webster, technology is the application of scientific knowledge to other fields of inquiry in order to accomplish a task (“Technology”). Light bulbs, refrigerators, microwaves, and computers are all technology. However, this argument will be focused towards technology with self-luminous screens-computers, laptops, tablets, phones, etc. Self-luminous devices are common in everyday life and affect many spheres of life. One sphere affected is intelligence. Technology has a definite impact on intelligence; the impact is negative. Although technology improved human standard’s of life, technology is detrimental to intelligence because technology increases multitasking, technology creates …show more content…

Focus depends on many factors, and sleep is a factor. Sleep is impacted by melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone responsible for the drowsiness felt by a human that signals him or her to fall asleep. Self-luminous devices suppress melatonin levels in a person’s body. At Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center, studies confirmed that “one hour of exposure to light from self-luminous devices suppressed melatonin by approximately 23 percent” (“Self-Luminous Devices”). Self-luminous devices suppress melatonin, so melatonin is not produced. If melatonin is not produced, then a human does not feel drowsiness: the need to sleep. If a human does not have a signal to sleep, then he or she will not sleep. Without sleep, a person cannot focus. Therefore, the person fails to display intelligence because intelligence depends on how well a person can learn. Technology creates lapses in concentration that prevent a person from learning effectively. Thus, technology is negatively influencing …show more content…

However, they fail to recognize that a massive amount of time can be spent on a self-luminous device. For example, a person wants to check Facebook before going to sleep. They spot an old friend, they follow them and they share missed moments. Because they have not seen each other in a long time, the process continues for many hours. Before long, it is morning. Then, the conversation ends, but melatonin suppression has already set in. And so, a conversation started during the day lasted the person until late nighttime. Therefore, watching devices during the day does not necessarily prevent melatonin

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