We’ve always been taught not to judge a book by its cover. Cliché right? The message is good though: nothing is hardly as it’s seen, there’s more substance to any given surface beyond what our eyes can see. But, this is 2017, and we live in a society that is catered towards convenience. So newer generations can actually take things for what they are. You ever wonder why older people are more concerned with how things work and how things are made? Or how they would rather explain how something works or why it works a certain way instead of simply showing or explaining what to do with it? That’s because when they were growing up, things were explained to them, and when they weren’t they had to go out of their way to learn it for themselves.
People today are less concerned about the “why”. This is the push button era; everything is activated by a switch and users receive what they need in the fastest possible time. Why things work the way they do, how things operate, what things are made of, none of these matter anymore. As long as things are convenient, functional, aesthetically pleasing, it will hold the attention of its user. That’s the purpose of most products today, to simply capture and imprison the attention of their users.
None of this is necessarily bad. This is just the world we live in today. And because of this, we are conditioned to be superficial, to take things for face value, to allow the product or item to do the thinking for us. This can cause a degree of narrow-mindedness. Curiosity and inquisitiveness are important stimulators for cognitive, emotional, and social expansion. And it can be hard to be curious in this age of grab-and-go and press-and-receive. And inquisitiveness is sometimes choked out by the lack of depth in the things around us today.
At the same time though, we live in an age of information, which is amazing. knowledge is more readily available to us now than it’s ever been. There is nothing the internet doesn’t have an answer for. You’re reading this on a computer or phone right now! While it doesn’t promote curiosity, it does encourage knowledgeability and awareness. We can “stay woke” in 2017.
But what effect does this have on us socially? Think about what a child had to do 20 years ago if he had a question, or if he found the answer to that question, or what happened if he didn’t understand how an object worked. He’d ask someone he trusts, he’d share the information with his friends, and he’d investigate what he didn’t understand. Today, what can anybody do? Replace asking another person with asking Google, upon finding the answer, Tweets about it, and if thei