Spellings: Is technology making us intellectually lazy?

Spellings: Is technology making us intellectually lazy?

Spellings: Is technology making us intellectually lazy?

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I am of the opinion that the advent of various technologies in almost every field of human endeavour have been contributing positively, and in no small measure, to the existence of man on earth.

Technology has been enhancing the quality and quantity of jobs that can be executed as well as the speed at which tasks are carried out.

However, the general belief that whatever has an advantage also has disadvantages is valid in our daily use of technology. Despite the huge benefits derived from applying technology to accomplish daily tasks, I recently discovered that many have become lazy at spelling words. For instance, I can vividly remember that a few years ago, when I was not aided by technology while spelling, I can easily spell a number of words without goofing.

“For instance, I can vividly remember that a few years ago, when I was not aided by technology while spelling, I can easily spell a number of words without goofing.”

A mobile phone user seen at the Lagos Social Media Week
A mobile phone user seen at the Lagos Social Media Week

Technology and word spellings today

The story is however not the same when I started using Microsoft Word to type. The software underlines any word I goofed in spelling and provides spelling options for me with a right click of the misspelt word, rather than making me think of the correct spelling of the word myself.

The situation became worse with my adoption of a smartphone as my mobile communication device. My smartphone has a predictive keyboard that predicts any word being spelt before completing the spelling process. I just go ahead to select the word I intend spelling without exerting any intellectual capability.

I want to believe there are many people who have found themselves in this same shoe. I want to assert that we can still find a way out of this intellectual laziness by refusing to right click on words underlined by Microsoft Word and other word processing software. We should by all means give a correct spelling without bowing to the pressure of seeking assistance. This can also be applied when typing on a smartphone with predictive keyboard. We need to exert our brain power when spelling.

Kayode Oladeinde Technology Journalist at Technology Times. Mobile: +234 (0) 7031526929

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