The Internet has increasingly allowed access to information for ordinary people in ways that were unimaginable for along ago. This also means the gap is no longer existed in terms of demography, religion, and gender. We might have more access to information than ever before; however, it actually does not have a positive impact on our media literacy and human communication.
More than a decade, we have been spending a lot of time online, searching, launching business, sometimes adding to the great databases of the Internet, or entertainment and more (Carr 2008). We, unfortunately, steadily forget the simple thing which also is the most important that is how we do with the Internet.
A crisis of attention
We can sit in one place and enjoy a bunch of online books by a click on Google rather than visiting the city libraries or nearly the school’s one to find a book with some highlights and taking notes. Whereas, in library we can share and discuss some interests toward the reading, and even widen a network.
Due to ability of skimming and scanning online material, people often seem to give up as long as consuming information in little chunks of text. We get unfamiliar with higher, complex arguments and articles or even print texts after a few screens of HTML rather than the traditional sense.
“We are unable to critical thinking, being creative and less engaged in long-form thinking”.
Comprehension, concentration, and recall rates when interact with online material are all much lower than traditional medium brings. They think it is faster and more selectively, but they were more likely less remember what have read in important.
That is how our brain online works, we become relatively distracted when reading online due to pop-up advertising, checking news, hypertext linking, viewing video clips and a variety of online sources.
The human connection lasts shorter caused by these devices
We are losing some very important things by doing this, our creativity and self- stimulation may be left behind. And we seem inhibit real human connection when we prioritize our mobile internet over our people right in front of us and disconnected from them. Day by day, it becomes a negative behaviour and not an ability that we can control anymore.
“We are happy in a lonely space”. The more we expect from technology or the Internet and less interaction from each other.
Imagine the world in 15 years from now; we may no longer maintain a face to face communication, a group discussion in a hall, going shopping together, experiencing a match in stadium, enjoying some new restaurant dishes and more. This brings our relationship or communication is never naturally closed and efficient than it used to be.
Social Media in China and across Asia (By Thomas Crampton)
In China, 68% of teenagers have more online friends than offline where they find hard to distinguish between what happens online from the “real world”, and as long as social media has become strongly integrated into their lives.
Though less than 20 precent mobile phones are used for Twitter updates in the United States, this is a phenomenon of China’s mobile Internet, the biggest trends in Asia. These are also significant questions for us to think about in 5 year coming.
Figure 1: Internet usage in some Asia nations
Further: Social Media Landscape in Vietnam in 2014
“Look up and see around” is what we can do to come over a crisis of attention, let’s spend a second to look back and it’s going to be better for our relationships, society and creativity. It is no doubt to agree with the Internet’s benefits, for our better future we should conscious about it – “cyberculture”.
Let your eyes off these devices for a second