Smartphones restrict our access to information. Are they preventing our intellectual growth?
What did we do? When we all had desktop computers way back in 2007, 8, 9, etc., we accessed too much information, we learned too many truths, many of us collectively researched across “the internet” and we found out things we weren’t supposed to know. And we posted about them and linked to references. Oops. Well now you’ve done it. In fact, we all did it. So the system is reacting.
The system responded. The system created Smart Phones as a response to the population accessing way too much data and learning far too much. Everyone, literally, has a Smart Phone even though the itty bitty computerized, pseudo internet accessing, telecommunication device should have been called the Dumb Phone.
Coming generations won’t even know what a desktop computer is, was or did. The system response isn’t complete.
There are those of us, like myself, that don’t use smart phones because they can’t access data the same way a desktop computer can. But we’re a dying breed and the smart phone is going to replace the computer.
We learned too much and we can’t have even a small portion of the population doing that, learning. Can’t have that.
Access to the internet isn’t really going to change much. Huxley noted that he wasn’t worried about governments banning books, he was worried that people wouldn’t read them anymore and of course he was correct about the vast majority of Americans.
I’m not worried about accessing the internet and the World Wide Web. But I’m absolutely certain that future generations won’t even bother. They’ll have smart phones and the World Wide Web will be a distant memory.
The Jayzee’s, Beyonce’s, Kanye Wests and Kardashians of the world are really all what’s important now. Oh, and maintaining that left/right divide amongst the ignorant masses too…