Presentation Title

Technology in Today's World: A Help or Hinderance?

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Keywords

Technology, spelling, dependence

Biography

Heather Fry received her masters degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University in December of 2018. She now is employed by Marshall Health as a clinical psychologist working in addictions.

Doug Lanning received his doctoral degree from Indiana University/Perdue University in Indianapolis. His degree is in cognitive psychology, with an emphasis on biology and learning theories. He is an assistant professor at Marshall University in Huntington, W.V.

Major

Clinical Psychology

Advisor for this project

Dr. Doug Lanning, PhD

Start Date

18-4-2019 9:15 AM

End Date

18-4-2019 10:30 AM

Abstract

Abstract

Technology has been a tremendous benefit to our world. It has given us easier and faster ways to communicate, produce, and be more accurate and precise in the work and tasks we do. However, have we become overly dependent on technology to do most of the work for us? Should there be a line drawn or precautions to the usage and dependency of technology and technological devices? Should we take more care in taking time to learn and relearn proper grammar and spelling of words, instead of letting our devices do the work without any effort? The current study assesses how technology can limit humans in our natural abilities. Spelling is an area in which the use of technology can help, but also hinder us from learning, encoding, and even retrieving proper spelling and grammar for spelling words. At times, we allow technology to spell, correct, and interpret work for us without even knowing what it is that we’ve corrected or interpreted. This study will also look at the social desirability aspect of the participant’s spelling abilities. Often, our belief is a self-serving, egocentric view of ourselves than what we actually are. In other words, the participant’s belief about their abilities, such as spelling, may be presented in a more positive light of themselves compared to how they actually score on their spelling task. We will look at these comparisons once data is collected.

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Apr 18th, 9:15 AM Apr 18th, 10:30 AM

Technology in Today's World: A Help or Hinderance?

Abstract

Technology has been a tremendous benefit to our world. It has given us easier and faster ways to communicate, produce, and be more accurate and precise in the work and tasks we do. However, have we become overly dependent on technology to do most of the work for us? Should there be a line drawn or precautions to the usage and dependency of technology and technological devices? Should we take more care in taking time to learn and relearn proper grammar and spelling of words, instead of letting our devices do the work without any effort? The current study assesses how technology can limit humans in our natural abilities. Spelling is an area in which the use of technology can help, but also hinder us from learning, encoding, and even retrieving proper spelling and grammar for spelling words. At times, we allow technology to spell, correct, and interpret work for us without even knowing what it is that we’ve corrected or interpreted. This study will also look at the social desirability aspect of the participant’s spelling abilities. Often, our belief is a self-serving, egocentric view of ourselves than what we actually are. In other words, the participant’s belief about their abilities, such as spelling, may be presented in a more positive light of themselves compared to how they actually score on their spelling task. We will look at these comparisons once data is collected.