What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains Part II

The torrent of new technology and new ways to use it is unrelenting. Some push back. There is a recent emphasis by some investment management companies on human financial advisors, advisors that are actually NOT robo advisors, that new class of financial adviser delivering portfolio management online with minimal human intervention.1 Imagine that! Highlighting the human touch!

But it’s futile. It was over four years ago when this space talked about

What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Now the questions have come around to: Is Technology Making People Less Social?2

Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University says yes.
In one study of more than 1,100 teens and adults, my fellow researchers and I found that the vast majority of smartphone users under 35 checked in with their electronic devices many times a day and mostly without receiving an external alert.

Keith N. Hampton, who holds the Professorship in Communication and Public Policy at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, argues that technology is enriching our relationships.
…together, the small sips that come from the steady contact of social media can add up to a big gulp of information about the activities, interests and opinions of the people we connect with.

All of which sounds like those of us with ADD. Multiple brief sets of stimulation is our preferred manner of digesting information.

As with most things, the answer is somewhere in between, beginning with who are the participants. If Millennials, then they are likely quite comfortable with social media and similar ways to distribute info. And they are capable of digesting it as well. For others? Perhaps not so much.

All of which as spawned a whole series of consultants and agencies that specialize in helping with communication between generations. Locally in Minneapolis, XYZ University is one. Sarah Sladek delivers insights that are not always things that come easily to mind when it concerns communication.

As a part time lecturer at local colleges and universities I see it in the classroom every week. In order to inform and educate I must first have their attention. Or I will be replaced by a robo-professor who does.

1 Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robo-Advisor
2 Wall St Journal May 11, 2015 page R4

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