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Survey Finds Technology Is Dumbing Us Down

A new Point Taken-Marist poll finds many Americans think technology is hurting our humanity and damaging our personal relationships.

That's right: too much technology is hurting our humanity. The poll finds seven in 10 nationally believe technology is making us less human, and 54% said it's damaging our connections to friends and family. Gen Xers are the most likely to think technology is making us less human by a whopping 77% margin.

Nearly half surveyed think all the technology at our fingertips is making us dumber, too!

Now you would think the Millennials would be the most likely to think all the Tweeting, Facebooking, Snapchatting and texting is making us smarter, but the majority of Millennials actually think technology is dumbing us down in a big way! Both Millennials and Gen Xers agree by a 53% margin that technology is dumbing us down. At the rate we're going, we'll all be wearing orange tuxedos to the ball.


Americans over age 65 (the "Silent" generation) are the least likely to think technology is making us dumber: Only 38% see technology as a detriment to human intelligence. They've been around longer, so they've seen it all.

So what is good about all the technology at our fingertips? Nearly three-fourths (74%) believe that technology improves education, while more than half (54%) think we're more productive thanks to technology. In fact, the more money we make, the more we think technology increases our productivity.

It's a survey rich in bigly detail, and you can access it here. The topic will be featured on an upcoming episode of Point Taken airing Tuesday, June 21st at 11pm ET (check local PBS listings) and streaming on pbs.org/pointtaken.

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