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Video: Boy Falls On Train Tracks (Why Technology Is Making Us Dumber)

Submitted by on February 4, 2011 – 9:55 am2 Comments

We automatically assume that because we have all these high-tech gadgets, that we’re smarter than we were 30 years ago. That’s not always the case. Just because we have the Internet doesn’t mean we use it properly to find information. Oftentimes, we are overwhelmed with all of our gadgets and toys to learn anything new. It’s a dizzying array of information that can be found on the internet or with our cell phones.

Here’s proof that we’re not as bright as we think we are.

A ten-year-old boy, so consumed with his Playstation portable, fell onto the tracks at a train station in Italy. Thankfully, there was no train in sight as an off-duty police officer made the save. The officer describes the events.

He was with his mother and sister, and before he fell I saw them out of the corner of my eye and he was completely lost in his game and wasn’t looking where he was going.

I just had a few seconds because he had got off a train and mine was due in less than a minute so I acted as quickly as I could, making sure not to touch the rails.

Wow. Now, had the kid not been afforded the opportunity to play a portable video game, would he have fallen into the train tracks? Probably not. The lesson for today? Don’t get so consumed with technology that you forget the normal things that made us bright—like looking before you walk. Technology can’t make us smarter, only we can.

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