This sentence is where 6 seconds of your life has been wasted.
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Somehow the last few years we have all become happy baby birds waiting for bite sized chunks of information to be fed into our beaks because we are too weak and feeble to look for our own information. Our insatiable need for ever better user experience has forced us down a path of absolute laziness.
I truly miss the days when I had to go through a drawer of cards to find a book I wanted (computers were still clunky expensive white boxes by big blue decades ago)
Upon finding the book, I would have to go through the index at the back and hope to find what I was looking for (interestingly enough Indexes still exist in books)
If I could not find the information, I might resort to a thesaurus to look for similar words and then return to the index again. If that did not work, back to the drawer and flip through the cards and breathe in the sawdust and mold of the drawers. I think 50% of the knowledge transfer was done genetically through the inhalation of the catalogue card drawers’ mold.
Sorry for the path down nostalgia lane. We’ll skip ahead a little, there was Google who helped with reducing the pain of finding information. Facebook that connected us together to share information (veracity not guaranteed but emotions definitely). Now TikTok to intelligently serve us what we need when we need.
More or less we have moved from hunting and gathering of information to being plugged in with an IV drip to serve as our brainfood. Chasing trends aside, I hope this is not our evolutionary destiny, to become vegetables (feels more like devolution to me. Or perhaps plants are the higher intelligence🤔)
But are attention spans getting shorter? Or have we allowed it to be? Or deep down are we trying to explore new worlds while staying in the comfort of the present reality?
I still strongly believe that people will still spend time to sit in a cinema and pay for it (for the excitement of the movie and the potential risk of…