Is technology limiting creativity?


When was the last time a person has spoken to someone on the bus, in a waiting line or any other kind of waiting in public? The chances are that it has been quite some time. If a person is waiting somewhere having their phone in hand and the entire waiting area is blocked then it looks like a crowd who is busy with their phones (Kinnula et al. 2017).

The predominance of technology and smart phones has created many suggestions that kills creativity by depending on these tools. This is not a new thought; people have been suggesting in the past that technology seems extinguishing the creative impulses of people long ago. The present argumentative essay contains the impact of technology on creativity and it deals the manners in which it gets impacted in several ways. As a kid, it was perceived that it was TV and other computer games that would hamper creativity in people however as times passed by it can be seen that technology has become even more detrimental (Mehta, Henriksen and Deep-Play Research Group 2018).

It is often the crux of many argumentative essays, that people are sacrificing their original thought for keeping themselves continuously entertained. It is also argued that if a person can find everything online, they do not give themselves a room to solve problem and innovate their own stuffs. In many essay writings, there has been a strong argument against technology that it is killing creativity in kids and adults who always have their heads and hands in phones, laptops or tablets leading to lack of imagination and creativity. As per many scientific studies it has been found out that a person needs time for day dreaming as it helps in boosting creativity. If a person fills any possible down time by scrolling their devices then there is no time left for daydreaming (Tapscott and Tapscott 2016).  

Lack of originality and copying is widespread
A person can access anything that they like online. There are some templates for everything that a person can access including academic information and the same is available over internet making the process vulnerable to piracy and allegedly less creative. There is a decrease in creativity and web designing development in the recent years. The author has concluded that technology is killing creativity largely but the same is not dead. It has become an open battle between machines versus man, where man can win depending on their imagination (Henriksen et al. 2018).

It is killing the content
Lack of creativity and originality is one thing with content, but technology is also accused of promoting lazy communication and reducing our creativity in the given area. From the use of simple emoticon to the proliferation of other functions to express views, technology plays a vital role in making communications restricted (Richardson, Mishra and Deep-Play Research Group 2016).

Creativity scores are reducing
Technology has improved the scores in intelligence however, it has reduced the scores of creativity and the same is on decline since the year 1990. However, there has been no proper evidence that has lead to the decline of yet they believe that there is some kind of connection with technology.

The above-mentioned views were of people who believe that technology has hampered creativity in every aspect. On the other hand, there are other authors holding a different opinion stating that technology does not always hamper creativity and there are fields in which technology has played a positive role as well.

The following are some of the points ruled out in favor of technology: 

Information does not hamper creativity:Despite of all the data that is available and the content that is already made available, there is a requirement that innovation and creativity remain related to technology. Technological innovations allow the development of creative thought ending up with results such as Google, Air BnB and Uber. Another example that lies in the field of marketing is that we all have big kinds of data and the same is required to be narrowed down to a market level. This can be done only with the help of technology.

Technology helps to nurture creative talent:Technology has expanded the boundaries of what it is called creative pursuits such as music, movie making and graphical design. This has given more scope for creativity and made future growth possible. If the you tube videos are analysed closely and the tools that are used to make such videos make graphical design accessible, the online platforms help in the promotion of the content (Mehta, Henriksen and Deep-Play Research Group 2018).

Thus, it can be said that technology has both positive as well as negative impact on creativity. Overusing any given resource may make the resource less useful and the same is applicable even to technology.  


Henriksen, D., Mishra, P., Warr, M. and Deep-Play Research Group, 2018. A Cybernetic Perspective on Design and Creativity: a Conversation with Dr. Paul Pangaro. TechTrends, 62(1), pp.6-10.

Kinnula, M., Molin-Juustila, T., Milara, I.S., Cortes, M. and Riekki, J., 2017. What if it switched on the sun? Exploring creativity in a brainstorming session with children through a Vygotskyan perspective. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 26(4-6), pp.423-452.

Mehta, R., Henriksen, D. and Deep-Play Research Group, 2018. An Embodied, Dialogic Endeavor: Towards a Posthumanizing Approach to Creativity with Dr. Kerry Chappell. TechTrends, pp.1-7.

Richardson, C., Mishra, P. and Deep-Play Research Group, 2016. Navigating the tensions inherent in understanding creativity: an interview with Mark Runco. TechTrends, 60(5), pp.415-418.

Tapscott, D. and Tapscott, A., 2016. Blockchain revolution: how the technology behind bitcoin is changing money, business, and the world. Penguin.

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