Technology Crossroads – where do you fit in?
In the last 100 years especially – when you were born plays a much bigger role than it did in centuries before. Particularly because of the “advancement” of society and the tools we’ve created. Call it “Technology Crossroads.”
Personally – I think that there is a sliver of time (~1965-1979) where people born in this timeframe (give or take a few years), truly understand TODAY’S society better than most.
They understand life before the interwebs – and today’s society totally immersed in it.
Those born before that period most likely still have different routines that are not technologically-dependent. And those born after – are probably more inclined to accept the newfangled advancements (like smart thermostats and other “home” devices).
But it goes beyond that…
A lot of revolutions – but none like the technological revolution
Many “revolutions” have drastically re-directed humanity. One being the agricultural revolution and mass farming. Next, being the industrial revolution, with factories and other “assembly-line” type operations. But the technological (and communication) revolution is the cream of the crop.
Nothing has “transformed” our populous more drastically than this current one. But not necessarily in good ways.
Great divide and false unity
One thing that this current phase in the technological revolution emphasises is instant communication. Everyone is talking to everyone else. Almost simultaneously. And almost without any thought or deep contemplation or rationalisation. The world now moves at light speed.
You see people “joining” various causes for unknown reasons (usually because of the herd mentality, as well as brilliant psychological marketing). It makes little sense to us born within the time period mentioned at the start of this article.
As casual observers of the world around us – we see people flocking left and right to causes or events for no substantial reason (other than some contrived “emotional” reaction).
And the lack of carefully thought-out concepts and viewpoints these days is reason enough to be concerned. Does anyone really think about anything anymore?
Real conversation in 2016 is almost non-existent. People don’t like backing their “feelings” up with substantial facts. Or acknowledgment of differing viewpoints. You are either with “them” or you are with the “terrorists” (the others). If you post a viable counterpoint to someone on your friend list – you might easily get “unfriended” just for having a dissenting opinion. That’s how easy it is for conversations to dissolve into nothingness.
Some still get it – but not as much as before
There are people out there that still possess the ability to speak with people “in person.” And it indeed happens across the spectrum. I have without a doubt witnessed many millennials exhibit that skill set. Albeit it’s a far lower percentage than older folks, but it’s not an entirely lost cause.
So where does that leave us in 2016 / 2017?
Pokemon Go, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Yelp, and a hundred other “top ranking apps” is where we are today,
The younger generation has picked their stomping grounds. And there is nothing much anyone can do about it.
The key is – will anyone “wake up” and realize that where they are “stomping” may not be healthy long-term? I doubt it, as long as money is to be made. Even traditional businesses are capitalizing on the “app-mentality” of the world around them. (Although I think they’re tapping into the wrong market – as millennials, as influential as they are, have less economic impact than most other groups, thanks to the economy and other crap like student debt, etc.)
The bottom line: Make the best
The point of this piece was not to necessarily “bash” those unfortunate enough to be “born when they were born,” no. But it is merely an acknowledgment of reality. When you are born plays a huge role in what you eventually become. It’s not fantasy, it’s a societal fact.
People born in later years simply cannot “experience” what others before them have. Just the same way most cannot even identify with the trauma that those in WWI or WWIII endured. You can read and listen all you want – but experience trumps stories about those experiences 100% of the time. You cannot replicate what it “felt like” to be there.
Even something as mundane and non-violent as a transformation between revolutions.
They all have importance, whether bombs were blowing up or not.