willie99 wrote:Hmm, interesting -- I suppose too much of a good thing is usually bad.
One of the things that keeps me sane (well, relatively sane) is a long walk every day. It forces me to live in the 3-D natural world, rather than soaking in an endless series of words and images on a 2-D screen (computer or TV).
I think the Internet has made us much more tolerant of seeing lots of information -- you almost never saw scrolls on TV news broadcasts, or detailed scores and statistics on sidebars when watching sports on TV, but now they are everywhere. People expect a barrage of data, and the public is generally very good at absorbing lots of info and gleaning from it what they want to know. This makes people less able to concentrate and think deeply, sure, but if you shut it all off and spend enough "down time" you can retain your ability to do that.
I guess I'm more concerned about young people being far more visually oriented than in years past. People become less tolerant of looking at something for any length of time that isn't visually stimulating them.
Good advice, Willie. I should follow it more often.
I've always liked to read but I've noticed in recent years that I seem to know a little about a lot of topics--generally from the internet--but not as much in-depth information about any one topic. Even when I read an actual book, I don't have the patience that I used to. So, it seems that I fit the profile in the article. Not good, I think.
On the other hand, no one wants to miss out on the Sparklies!