So it’s the first of June and I finally got around to buying the May issue of Wired Magazine (you’d think it would be cheaper). I came across an article written by Steven Johnson revealing astounding research that the world’s population has increased their IQ level even though there seems to be a decline in schools. After much to do about nothing (exaggeration of course) he writes:
” Over the last 50 years, we’ve had to cope with an explosion of media, technologies, and interfaces, from the TV clicker to the World Wide Web. And every new form of visual media – interactive visual media in particular – poses an implicit challenge to our brains: We have to work through the logic of the new interface, follow clues, sense relationships. Perhaps unsuprisingly, these are the very skills that the Ravens tests measure – you survey a field of visual icons and look for unusual patterns.”
Hell! I’ll be stuck quoting this guy all day, if you let me. But what it seems to boil down to is that our relationship with media and technology has made us smarter (if you believe that IQ tests can measure intelligence). It’s an ok read, (sorry, can’t find it on the web) but I keep wondering about social intelligence.
I was talking to a psychologist this weekend and she told me that they’re seeing more and more you people being affected by too much gaming. Specially when they’re about to enter the workforce (think I read an article in BT about that as well). She had an interesting observation or view about it as well. She told me that they suffer from some sort of God complex. They seem to think they can conquer the world, but when it comes down to it, they suddenly see that they have no skills to do this! And this leads to massive depression. I would have loved to discuss this further with her, but a bride craved certain attention as well, seeing as we were at a wedding.
Lack of social intelligence is not new to the gaming discussion. At this same wedding I managed to blurt out ‘Lol’ a few times and once I actually said the words ‘Rolling on the floor laughing’, which basically put a brutal stop to the laughter. But I, personally, have not thought about it from this direction before. It’s an interesting point…one I wish to explore further. Urgh! Wish I had a psychology degree now!