Hyperconnected Life: becoming better analysts or less engaged?
A study has experts debating the impact of hyperconnectivity and the internet on society.
The good and the bad news, according to Pew Research, seems to be locked into whether hyperconnected people under 35 are embracing a networked world and becoming nimble analysts/decision-makers or whether the constant-connections are driving society’s young to be less engaged with others.
In an interview done with David Weinberger on Minnesota Public Radio regarding the results of the survey, a generational lifestyle change was noted. As a senior researcher with Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Weinberger says that the young have become “…quick-acting multitaskers who count on the Internet as their external brain and who approach problems in a different way from their elders.”
A thirst for quick fixes and instant gratification was mentioned in a report at Hispanic PR Pro. Survey experts also predicted a loss of patience due to what was referred to as “fast-twitch wiring.”
Those seeing a negative here believe that hyperconnecteds fail to retain information, spend most of their energy on being entertained or in exchanging short social messages, and have become too distracted to engage with other people on anything other than a somewhat shallow level. The survey specifics are found at Pew Internet.