The age of smartphones has transformed the distribution of content and media across the internet. People no longer are interested in reading lengthier passages, and are obsessed with images and videos more than any form of media. If you want your audience to read something important, type that, convert it into an image, and post it online. That’s how people’s mind work these days.
How have we arrived to this state of being obsessed with small snippets of text and images? Before the widespread use of technology, the only source of information we had was books. Searching something in a book is a highly complex task. A reader should go from point A to point B to know what’s in the book. He should read the complete book, or at least a complete chapter to find or understand the content of his interest. This linear approach made us accumulate knowledge. It helped us in understanding a whole concept rather than just getting a glimpse of it.
But, the internet is different. The information shared on the internet is instantly searchable. You can press Ctrl + F and search what you wish to read. This practice is widespread among everyone who uses a computer. The result? This practice has rapidly reduced our ability to read longer passages. The media and the tech industry has recognized this trend, and instead of bringing people out of this practice, they decided to go along with the flow.
Websites started posting news stories with limited text content, and started including other forms of media (image, video, GIFs) to support their stories. This scenario has also led to the fame of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
Even plain facts involving statistics is done using infographics, a creative form of visualizing data.
Even though the idea of crispy content looks good, it slowly kills our ability to use our brain to its capacity. Brain is also a muscle, and giving it more work will keep it healthy and happy. But, the current prevailing scenario on the internet will change it for us. This will make people feel that they know a lot of things, and eventually make them into nothing but pseudo experts. They won’t be true experts in anything, but will merely speak their opinions based on a Facebook status or a tweet that they had come across on the internet.
This needs to change. If I shout out saying that the internet has to change and people need to read stories with longer passages, then I am really stupid. Let the internet be the way it is. Enjoy memes, GIFs and infographics. But, at the same time spend more time in keeping your brain active. Give some exercise to your brain.
- Here are a few things you can do to keep your brain active:
- Read a book (Atleast one book a month)
- If you want to know something, don’t derive at a conclusion by reading about it in one website. Do complete research, derive your opinion from facts, and not from others opinion about it.
- Travel. Interact with people. Get to know life.
- Ask yourself a lot of questions.
- Ask questions to others
I’ve wanted to write about this for a while, and I had finally found time to do it.
I am not sure how many would have spent time in reading what I wrote! If you’re, then I appreciate your patience. I bet you’re still old fashioned!