WOW | What You Think

Are apps ruining our capacity to think?

Compiled by: Anushka Shrestha
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Rahul Agrawal
Director, Siddhartha Group

It’s like saying due to information being readily available on Wikipedia, we are going to have a lower number of doctors or lawyers. I don’t think this is necessarily true. The internet and apps have allowed us to access vital data and information from across the world. Vital information that people would have never accessed in their lifetimes is now available in a matter of minutes.

Of course, as we become more technologically involved, we are going to be very dependent on apps. For example, it’s clear that due to usage of the ‘calculator’ app we are less able to calculate numbers in our mind. Despite such cons, I believe that it allows us to concentrate on things that actually need our attention, and even find time for things that we enjoy (not all of us enjoy math). I think apps ease life and it is up to us to prioritise where else we can utilise the time and effort saved by such technologies.