Connectivity’s Impact

From Janna Anderson:

Teens and young adults brought up from childhood with a continuous connection to each other and to information will be nimble, quick-acting multitaskers who count on the Internet as their external brain and who approach problems in a different way from their elders, according to a new survey of technology experts.

Many of the experts surveyed by Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center and the Pew Internet Project said the effects of hyperconnectivity and the always-on lifestyles of young people will be mostly positive between now and 2020. But the experts in this survey also predicted this generation will exhibit a thirst for instant gratification and quick fixes, a loss of patience, and a lack of deep-thinking ability due to what one referred to as “fast-twitch wiring.”


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  • MatthewS

    It would be interesting if an increased interest in spiritual disciplines were to come about as part of the backlash to “fast-twitch wiring.”

  • JoeyS

    Deep thinking may, though, be replaced with deep group collaboration. One individual may not be insightful, but many may find insight.

  • Deep group collaboration of people who don’t think deeply themselves is not much better than the blind leading the blind. It makes me think that hyperconnectivity is actually driving an increasing postmodern fragmentation in our culture.

  • JoeyS

    Blind leading the blind is not a strong analogy here. User generated websites are already creating entirely new economic models and reshaping how we access information. The pyramids weren’t built by thousands of architects, they were built by thousands of people who knew how to make, or transport bricks. Collectively they did a great wonder.