Edward De Bono says social media makes us lazy and stupid
THE world's leading thinker says social networks are making people lazy and stupid.
Edward De Bono, Maltese philosopher and inventor of the “six hats method”, told news.com.au that he doesn’t use social networking because “he doesn’t want to be bullied by information”.
“There’s a danger in the internet and social media,” says Mr De Bono.
“The notion that information is enough, that more-and-more information is enough, that you don’t have to think, you just have to get more information - gets very dangerous.”
The author and philosopher says that people take the information they receive through social media at face value.
“That we can get information our computer and our communication systems are getting better and better, people say ‘I don’t have to think, information will make my decision for me’, and that completely rules out creativity using the information in a different way, or new way,” he says.
“(Social media causes) laziness – that we just feel we’ll just get more information and we don’t need to have ideas ourselves – we’ll get ideas from someone else, we don’t need to look at the data we’ll just see what someone else has said and so on.”
Mr De Bono says a better method for creative thinking is to go offline and stay in school.
“I think school is a place where thinking should be taught,” says Mr De Bono.
The thinker says research has shown that teaching thinking as a subject at school improves students’ performance in every other subject between 30-100 per cent.
“Teaching thinking for just five hours to unemployed youngsters increased employment 500 per cent,” he says.
“It’s very powerful, and it needs to be done separately, directly as a subject – teaching thinking. Not just introducing it in to other subjects.”