…OR ARE WE BECOMING MASTER MULTITASKERS?
I don’t know about you, but I find technology addictive. If I leave the house without my mobile phone, I feel naked. If I haven’t checked my email in two days – let alone my Facebook page! – Who knows what I may have missed?? Absolutely nothing, truth be told, but that does not alleviate the feeling that I MUST check it!!!
The added stress, the lingering feeling that something has been left undone… the pathetic need to keep up to date with everything all the time. It’s pathetic. I’ll be the first to admit it.
But the shackles of technology has its uses. Recently my mum went overseas for eight months and we were able to keep up with the goings on of our daily lives and the exciting things we had to look forward to via the handy format of faithful ole Facebook. Though I had not met the friends my mum had made, I felt that I knew them on some level. I had seen photos of them at work, having tea in the garden, on the bus on the way to a show; it was as if we were all there together.
Is the Internet making us dumber?
I very much doubt that the Internet is making us devoid of that insatiable human quality; curiosity. I am constantly searching topics of genuine interest to me on the Internet. The Internet makes information readily available to all, just as it was originally designed to do!
Admittedly I do flit from task to task – even when I use the Internet I generally have nine pages or so open at once. I am like the lawnmower man grabbing ideas and pasting them here and there into various documents, acculating massive amounts of information daily.
I think we are yet to see whether constant access to technology is going to be detrimental to our ability to focus on one task at a time – ooh look a squirrel! – will we all become ADHD sufferers? Or will we discover that ADHD is merely a choice to focus on the things relevant to us!
Perhaps the Internet is leading us on to enlightenment. I sure hope so, otherwise I have wasted a LOT of time!