Earlier this month I read two posts that took a look at whether or not technology was making us dumber. One was a retort of sorts to the other. Both were funny, interesting and offered differing points of view.
Well I have found this lovely infographic full of interesting statics that point to the wonderful modern trends of multitasking via technology as in fact making us stupider. Not only is it apparently making us stupider but it is also making us less personable and more inconsiderate (45% of people will check their phone during a movie at the theatre – oh, you know who you are, and I must say how annoying I find that – VERY!).
It also seems that common sense has flown out the window along with good old fashioned chivalry (67% of people asked will check their emails and texts during a date… come on now, really? Am I that boring sweetheart?). Now I cannot say for sure if it is the technology or the multitasking mentality that is impairing us, but I think I can safely say they work hand in hand.
Technology in my opinion has contributed to the shortening of our attention span, creating an ‘attention deficit society’ if you will. We seem to want instant gratification. Everything must be received/achieved instantaneously and we only seem able to focus on things in short bursts. (Unless of course it is a game of Skyrim or Halo, etc – then we seem to be able to focus for many highly agitated hours – I have only observed this phenomenon as I am NOT a gamer by any stretch of the imagination). We live in a bizarre world where literal time seems to be mostly irrelevant and the occurrence of computer or technology time has emerged. 5 minutes in the real world and 5 minutes in technology world are two very different lengths of time. If you don’t believe me you should seriously try this tell some-one that is on a computer (or engage with whatever technological device) that dinner will be ready in 5 and they will show at the table with no concept of how long they took, after you have already finished eating and have cleared your plate.
Anyways… I think it’s kind of eye opening and something to think about…