Very interesting. The trick is, what balance should be struck? Most people who are just looking for entertainment or education don’t really care how they get it. The quicker and more convenient the better. People who purposefully take the longer route to be entertained or educated tend to be in the minor…
Herein lies the problem, Daniel — at least in my humble opinion. Due to this instant gratification mindset, people are training their brains, whether they realize it or not, to depend on instantaneous action.
Society thrives on efficiency and immediacy. In turn, individuals thrive on these as well. On a smaller scale, this may not be a bad thing. After all, what’s so bad about quick, instant news updates on Twitter or instantaneous answers to all our wildest questions on Google? In the moment, nothing.
In the long term, it’s far more complicated. What I lament is the long-term effects of technology use on the brain. It isn’t pretty.
Sure, it’s great that you can find the answer to a question on Google within a fraction of a second, but when your brain adapts so as to no longer be capable of the in-depth problem-solving and comprehension skills that were once necessary, it becomes a problem.
I don’t think technology needs to be boycotted altogether — certainly not. Rather, I think we need to raise awareness of the impact that it has on our brains.
Anyway, thanks for reading and I appreciate the thoughtful comment!