View topic - Japanese using mobile phones to look up kanji
It is about how reliance on technology can reduce people's kanji ability. According to the news article, 79% of Japanese in their 20s (compared to 9% of those in their 60s) use the henkan (変換) function in text writing (メール作成) screen of their mobile phones to look up kanjis.
Unfortunately, this does not work for everything. The reporters tested passers-by with a question converting つとめる. There are three possible conversions depending on the context (勤める, 努める, 務める) and this stumped quite a few people. The mobile phone is not a dictionary and does not provide explanations on how the different kanjis are used (使い分け).
However, I simply cannot believe that some people cannot write 総理大臣! The lady said she was ashamed. She explained that she has not written anything by hand for a while and that is why she may have forgotten how to write simple words.
The professor at the end said that the mobile phone is a useful tool for recalling things you have learnt, but you should not rely on it for things you do not know.
Please note that:
1. English is not my first language.
2. I am not Japanese. I am prone to making mistakes so please point them out if you see any.
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