As a society, we are absolutely shifting from “people of the book” to “people of the screen”. As technology becomes more prevalent and popular, the written word becomes more of a hindrance than a way of life. What once took hundreds of pages to explain can now be simplified into 140 characters or less. People do not want to spend the extra time reading any extra words or characters… time has become a tangible substance, and the less we spend on intellectual activity the better.
Obviously there are several factors that have contributed to the rush from the book to the screen. First, convenience. It is much easier to share opinions, thoughts, and ideas through a keyboard and a social media site than it is to take the time to research and develop a well-thought out research project to submit to an academic journal.
I believe way we are teaching children to learn has heavily influenced the jump. Children are trained to expect technology as part of their learning experience. Gadgets and electronics, once seen as fancy luxuries, are now considered necessities. Because children know nothing else, they consider books and the written word to be an archaic form of torture, and navigate naturally to the screen.
Consequences of this behavior include many of the concepts we have discussed in class. It goes beyond changing the way we learn – it completely alters the way that we think. We think more like computers than people. Our focus is finding and maintaining the simplest routes for any task deemed complicated, and the screen allows us to do that.