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modern day info- Is it too much?
blueharp09
 I've recently started reading book called "The Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson.  Very interesting book if you have time or a chance to read it I very much recommend it.  Any way reading about the history of some of the greatest minds in history I started thinking "man just look at what these people accomplished with such limited access to information."  Look at what we have now with the internet and computers. I can literally at anytime find out what is happening in Japan at that moment, or find out whats the latest and greatest new physics ideas with just a few keystrokes!  Simply amazing!!  Also not even that long ago maybe as little as 20 years ago you would have to read books to get any real information on any lengthy subject which depending on the book and its length could take days or weeks.  Now I can turn on the netflix and watch an hour and a half video and get the exact same info.  Information comes at us so fast now! When I brought this up with a co-worker he said to me " and what do you think having access to all this information does the human brain and how it develops?"   WOW!!!  it just made me think to myself "Jeez with all this information so easily accessible no wonder kids have ADHD!"   just think about it, now a days it takes a kid minutes instead of hours or days to find and research a subject then it could maybe take a couple hours to go thru that information instead of days or weeks.  Its so easy for a kid to get started on one subject and after couple mins or hours, move on to the new subject that peaks their interest.  I watched 8 different documentaries on Netflix with topics ranging from The Beatles to what death really is and when does the human body "actually die".  I learned about the history of dogs and how humans bred them to fit their needs.  I learned about the history of "The Buddha" and who he was as a historical figure. This took me about 9-10 hours, where as shortly as 20 years ago I would have had to read thick books taking me days or weeks for each subject.  I would really like to see someone research and study what effects having all this information does to a child's development.  While "The Age of Information" maybe mankind's greatest achievement it may also cause future generations to grow lazy possibly even dumber, because they dont have to work as hard for anything.  In a few generations we may never hear the term "My life's work" ever again it could be shorted to "My years work". Lets just hope too much info isn't mankind's downfall. 

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