I have been helping my son do his multiplication problems. You know, homework stuff like 483 x 8 = 3,864. The pathetic thing is I've forgotten how to do basic multiplication on pencil and paper. After decades of relying upon calculators, I became rusty. True story: I had to Google it up for a refresher. It took me just a few minutes to get back to speed.
My boss is a Ph.D. He's at the top of the electronic engineering field. We were formulating a new price list for our widgets last week. I can't remember the exact numbers, but they were something like subtract $1100.00 from $3995.00. Both of us reached for our calculators. After we did the numbers I paused to consider what just happened. I said, "Don't you think it's funny that an engineer with a Ph.D. would reach for a calculator when either one of us should be able to perform the subtraction in our head?" He has a good sense of humor. He says when it comes to money he always relies upon a calculator.
Calculators have made our lives easier, but I think we are overly reliant upon them. I also think that penmanship is suffering because most of us now type instead of writing things out by hand. I can only speak for myself, but my handwriting has suffered.