Thus sayeth the Wall St. Journal this morning. They cite some studies, but do not get down to the nitty gritty such as how large was the sample, how did they measure increase of stupidity of subjects. There were some vague and subjective statements, using the blandest of language.
Me, I'm an old fogey, I don't have a smart phone. I do have a laptop that will do anything a smart phone will, and I pack it along when I travel. The laptop has a real QWERTY keyboard and a mouse, which the smartphones lack, and I find essential. I do notice that my smartphone equipped children tend to whip them out during discussions and pop up information to support their points of view.
And I an old enough to remember all the things teachers and parents said against television back when it was just coming in. My buddy Dewey Walsh's family had a 21 inch B&W TV back in the late 1940's. I do remember watching Howdy Doody and Hopalong Cassidy on it. My family didn't get a TV until 1956.
Could it be the people railing against smartphones are the same sort of people who railed against TV?