Smart Phones and PDAs Cause Loss of Skills

I admit, this did not keep me awake last night, but it is true that as things change, others things can be lost:

10 Skills We’ve Lost Due to Smart Phones and PDAs and Simple Ways to Get Those Skills Back

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Here’s the intro to each of the 10 skills identified at the full Lifehack article. Obviously missing in this intro are the simple ways to get those skills back. So you’ll want to click on through for their tips for life on this.

– Memorizing phone numbers
It was a hassle remembering numbers. Now we simply add them to our contacts list. That usually works well unless…

– Map reading skills
The convenience and effectiveness of GPS guidance systems and digital maps generated by search engines is undeniable. They’ve definitely made our lives easier. What we don’t get…

– Photography
Even amateur photography required a rudimentary learning curve about lighting, depth, and composition. We no longer have to…

– Fact checking
Reference books and encyclopedias were once the gold standard for finding reference information. They provided peer reviewed and fact checked data on a vast array of subjects. Now, the results of information derived from digital sources aren’t…

– Reading comprehension
The primary culprits are E-readers. They’re convenient and can store thousands of books. There’s also evidence that their format makes it more…

– Hand written correspondence
Writing letters and notes incorporated hand writing skills, organizational skills, and learning about the person or persons you correspond with. This is another easily…

– Conversations
This one may seem counter-intuitive, especially considering how many people have smart phones, but it’s true! We actually…

– Currency
Using coins and paper money requires fast arithmetic and accurate calculations. Sure debit cards are often more practical, but cash has…

– Walking
Distracted walking detracts from the observations and experience of walking. It can also…

– Expanding our knowledge base
The convenience of nearly instantaneous information can easily become a crutch. If we’re not knowledgeable about…

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What’s your thoughts on this? Do smart phones and PDAs cause loss of skills?

 

source: Lifehack

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