One more thing to worry about: the better Autocorrect gets, the more we will come to rely on it. It’s happening already. People who yesterday unlearned arithmetic will soon forget how to spell. One by one we are outsourcing our mental functions to the global prosthetic brain.
This quote comes from James Gleick, the author of the book The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, in his recent New York Times article on the autocorrect function on our computers, laptops, and handheld devices.
A young friend, who tutors elementary- and middle-school students—many who are very bright and in the tutoring sessions to further their advantage—says several of her students no longer worry about spelling correctly, using apostrophes when needed, or even capitalizing words that should be capitalized. Instead, they rely on the autocorrect function, she says, because it’s easier than being concerned about getting these things right.