I always complain to my kids that they are far too dependent on their calculators. I truly believe that a great number of them would not be able to multiply or divide if the calculator was not around. Sometimes advancements actually hinder our already learned skills.
I have always thought that I avoid the curse of technology. I realize that I am addicted to email in some form and finding random blogs/websites that interest me. Today I realize I'm becoming or have become as basic skills stunted as some of my students.
I remember in high school that I could tell you any of my friends' phone numbers from memory. Now, I couldn't give you my mother's phone number without looking at my phone. I actually use an old cell phone as my phone/address book.
My research skills have suffered as well. I used to just be the dude who would go to the library and find whatever I needed through poring through loads of books. Now? Wikipedia all day. I get my information from a website that is created by whatever yokel and company wishes to comment on an entry. (by the way, I have been told that my research skills even lack in this area-great)
I have also spent less time actually getting books, watching television and/or renting actual movies. If I can get it off the net, I usually do. I'm proud to say that I am making a concerted effort to get actual books still. Nothing replaces the actual tactile experience of holding a book though.
The movies and idiot box? ehhhh, still gonna pimp the internet for new/newish releases. At least until BSG starts up again and I get over my Big Bro fix.
Anyone else suffering from my same dilemma?