I am indeed a user of all things "high-tech," and would never freely give up my I Phone. But having grown up in the late 80's, and 90's, I have seen a substantial difference in how we as a society have begun to think and function differently.
The old ways of studying, or recovering information has radically changed, and with it, apparently, the neurological functioning of our minds.
This metonymy within the relation between the brain and Internet may be causing us to loose the ability to make long term memories.
"It’s that feeling of short-term overload that’s really letting the internet affect us. When you’re writing a paper, checking Facebook, looking at Twitter, getting an email ding, well that’s your four thing limit. You’re always putting yourself into a place where you’re overloading and swapping stuff in your short term memory…There’s some concern that because of the internet, we are re-wiring our brains to constantly scan for information rather than taking it in, losing our ability for long-term memorization."-is the internet changing our memoryWhat will become of "reality" if we loose the ability to fix our place in any given point in time? Do we cease to exist within any reality at all?
I realize this is an extreme, but lets consider the amount of time its taken to go from analogue to digital, low tech to high tech...I remember just a few years ago when the thought of something better than a CD was inconceivable!
If this trend of moment to moment living continues, and it will, can we be expected to become something indiscernible from who we are now, a being that truly "lives in the moment?" What would family's look like, relationships--would there even be a need for them?
Are we all becoming pod people?