Critical Thinking: According to a study, we have lost it, but technology can help

More than 5,700 people from the US, UK, Germany and Japan surveyed by Lenovo

Most people report a loss of productivity of around two hours a day due to an inability to think purposefully, mainly due to the burnout, stress and mental fatigue they have experienced due to the enormous social changes of the past. two years. Lenovo’s Think Report, which involved over 5,700 people from the US, UK, Germany and Japan, was unveiled to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the ThinkPad line of PCs. The results aim to raise awareness among workers on the importance of “real thinking” to allow them to use technology in a more intelligent, collaborative and less invasive way, so as not to interfere with their personal life and well-being. Only 34% of respondents say they spend “all” or “most” of their time thinking clearly, deeply and productively. 75% of IT decision makers globally say their colleagues have “great” or “somehow” difficulty thinking clearly and productively. 64% of respondents believe that they depend on practical or “survival” thinking and that the ability to think quickly and multitask is “extremely” or “very important”, resulting in a lack of innovative and concrete thinking that can impact on progress and growth.

Most respondents believe that the situation is not improving and predict that their life will not become easier or less stressful in the coming years. “It was enlightening to see that globally, people believe that the progress of society is at risk due to the difficulty of developing critical thinking. 80% of respondents believe that we, as a society, must be the ones to start a new revolution in thinking, ”commented Emily Ketchen, VP and CMO of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo. “In celebrating ThinkPad’s 30th anniversary, we are experiencing a pivotal time to re-evaluate how human-centered technology can foster critical thinking skills in all aspects of our lives – at home, in the workplace, at school, anywhere” .

Globally, although many respondents said they struggle to develop a critical thinking process, there is a positive association with the possibility of improving thinking processes and understanding the benefits that come from the ability to bring to a level superior one’s ability to reason. 65% of respondents believe that thinking clearly, deeply and productively will help them make better decisions, while 79% of US respondents consider critical thinking “extreme” or “very important.” in improving the way they think, the times in which productive thinking develops vary considerably according to the origin of the interviewees and do not always coincide with the traditional working day. 37% of respondents in the US and 24% of those in the UK prefer late at night or early morning. 25% of respondents in Japan prefer mid-morning. While 35% of respondents in Germany report that they choose the evening. Overall, the study found that the first prerequisite for thinking better is a quiet environment, and respondents stated that noise canceling technologies are the most popular for helping to think deeply.

According to the study, the evolution of communication and collaboration technologies are the most useful element in promoting a productive and effective way of thinking. Also, learning how to use technology in a more targeted way, setting boundaries, limiting distractions, and reducing information clutter can help us have better thinking habits. 66% of business end users surveyed are looking for information on how technology can help them think clearly, deeply and productively. They are the category most willing to consider re-evaluating their relationship with technology. For example, many believe that simplifying homework could help people think better. 40% of respondents in Germany would like to learn how to use technology in a more targeted way. 39% of US respondents would like to limit the use of technology. For example, by taking a specific time to play an instrument or exercise. The vast majority of IT decision makers surveyed feel optimistic about the technology their colleagues have access to and how it enables employees and organizations to think clearly. Whether it’s tight deadlines to meet deadlines, the need to get people to collaborate within the company, or the opportunity to invent, over 60% of respondents believe technology helps people engage in critical thinking , reflective, collaborative, in a way of reflection that analyzes and experiences.