Is technology making people smarter?

By Kelly McCarthy

April 8, 2014 Updated Apr 8, 2014 at 6:49 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) SUNY Broome hosted its annual student convocation day filled with events and a special guest speaker. This year, the focus was on technology and how it's making people smarter.

What many people used to write in cursive now can be done by tapping a touch screen, or from surfing the web. Longtime journalist and technology junkie, Clive Thompson, said there's no denying technology is changing the way we get information.

"If you had a library at your hand you could consult and re-consult a larger array of knowledge," Thompson said, "And that's exactly what we're finding almost a thousand times more online."

His realization led to his book called "Smarter Than You Think," because even Thompson said he started out skeptical of technology.

"I thought it was going to be nothing but celebrity gossip and trivia," said Thompson.

Thompson is sharing his message with students so they don't miss out on learning

"They've been told over and over again that they're sort of a shallow generation," Thompson said, "They're narcissistic and I'm trying to bring a counter message and point out the ways in which all the technologies they've been using are going to enable them to do really interesting things that weren't possible for people like me when I was young."

He advocates for more time in the classroom learning about social networking, technology, and other ways to navigate online.