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Is technology making us stupid?

Much is being said about the negative impact technology is having on us today.  For all the advancements and for all the good, many are suggesting there’s a negative side dare I say a “Dark Side to the Force” of technology.

For me, technology has represented an interesting (and amusing) dichotomy throughout my adult life.  On the one hand, from 1979 and literally spanning 5 decades, I have made a living selling the most modern and advanced technology of the time available to the business community.  On the other hand, I am the most clueless “end user” on the planet.

I’ve been guilty of many moments like this over the years; how about you?

The Know-Nothing: 

This is that clueless user who looks in vain for the “Any Key” when his computer prompts him to “Hit Any Key.” 

Lisa DiCarlo

For the longest time, I thought it was just me.  But recently, I have noticed a plethora of evidence that technology is impacting us more than we may want to admit.  Take this sign by the elevators at our local IKEA store:

IKEA_elevator

 “Siri-ously”?  For the elevator?  And illustrated, no less!  Hmmm.

I don’t think I’m the only one noticing how dumb our smart phones are making us.  Here are 8 more examples – can you relate?  I sure can:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/25/technology-intelligence_n_5617181.html

Was it the Internet that put us in the predicament?  Google?  Maybe smart phones are to blame.  Or Siri – yes, that’s it; Siri did it!  Of course, our favorite Unknown Sage suggests it’s actually worse than that:

In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods:     

On a Sears hairdryer:

“Do not use while sleeping.”

(That’s the only time I have to work on my    hair.) 

       On a bag of Fritos:

“You could be a winner! No purchase necessary.  Details inside.”

(The shoplifter special?) 

On a bar of Dial soap: Directions:

“Use like regular soap.”

(And that would be how?) 

On some Swanson frozen dinners:

“Serving suggestion: Defrost.

(But, it’s just a suggestion.) 

On Tesco’s Tiramisu dessert (printed on the bottom):

“Do not turn upside down.” 

(Well…duh, a bit late, huh?)

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding:

“Product will be hot after heating.” 

(…and you thought?)

On packaging for a Rowenta iron:

“Do not iron clothes on body.”

              (But wouldn’t this save me more time?) 

On Booth’s Children Cough Medicine:

“Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication.”

(We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5-year-olds with head-colds off those forklifts.)

On Nytol Sleep Aid:

“Warning: May cause drowsiness.”

              (And… I’m taking this because?)

On most brands of Christmas lights:

“For indoor or outdoor use only.”

(As opposed to…what?) 

On a Japanese food processor:

“Not to be used for the other use.”

(Now, somebody out there, help me on this. I’m a bit curious.)

On Sunsbury’s peanuts:

“Warning: contains nuts.”

(Talk about a news flash) 

On an American Airlines packet of nuts:

“Instructions: open packet, eat nuts.”

(Step 3: maybe, uh…fly Delta?)

On a child’s Superman costume:

“Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.”

(I don’t blame the company. I blame the parents for this one.)

On a Swedish chainsaw:

“Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands.”

(Was there a lot of this happening somewhere?) 

 Hmmm –  wonder what will happen when I say “any key” to Siri?

GAP

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8 Comments


  1. Jim Anderson
    Feb 18, 2015

    Gary-

    Thank you. Life would be incredibly dreary while we are living if it weren’t for humor. Get it?

    Jim


    • Gary
      Feb 24, 2015

      Got it Jim! Yes, we all need to keep on smiling 🙂 Thx, GAP


  2. Jeff Weber
    Feb 18, 2015

    I often read the packaging and think the same thoughts. There is humor all around us. Enjoyed this Gary.


    • Gary
      Feb 24, 2015

      Thanks for reading and commenting Jeff! Yes, being surrounded by humor sometimes is the only thing that gets me through the day 🙂 Thx, GAP


  3. Nathan Sumner
    Feb 18, 2015

    Very entertaining. Thanks for the comedic relief.


    • Gary
      Feb 24, 2015

      Thanks for reading and commenting Nate! Yes, a little comic relief serves us all well 🙂 Thx, GAP


  4. Rob Denkewalter
    Apr 29, 2015

    Hello Gary,

    Of all the emails I received this month. This gave me the biggest smile. We are getting dumber (less smart) when I was younger I knew the phone numbers of all my friends. Now they are stored in lists, on a database, and also in my phone.

    If I were stranded with a “burner” phone there are very few people that I could call so starting tomorrow I am going to memorize two phone numbers a day for a month and then test myself after 30 days to see if I can remember 60 numbers I did not know (remember) in April 2015..

    Let’s all learn in May 2015.

    Have a great day and thanks for being a friend for almost 36 years,

    Rob


    • Gary
      Apr 30, 2015

      Thanks Rob! Whether you succeed in memorizing 60 phone numbers or not, you’re still my friend, my mentor, and one of the smartest persons I have ever met 🙂 Thx, GAP

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