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Impatience Won't Become a Virtue for the Connected Generations

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A Pew study, centered on millennials and their hyperconnectivity, holds truth even a couple of years later. The always-connected, instant-gratification types have their hubris here. 

They pride themselves in being worthy, so worthy they disdain waiting even three seconds for a page load or phone connection. Moreover, they deride those who act otherwise as non-multitasking Luddites. They don't consider whether their phones and tablets work for them or the other way round.

As I ranted a few weeks ago on this show, nearly none of us is really a multitasker, that's a delusion from boomers to middle-schoolers. Don't try to convince many of that, even as they fail to walk and use their phones at the same time. They run into each other (or shop fronts) while braying trivial chatter in the name of connectivity. Fantasy and pretense trump the obvious.

I'll dig down a bit into what is likely gained or lost by impatient types who imagine they are too important to wait for...well, anything. I'll also forecast that there will be a bifurcation (think Wells' Eloi and Morlocks). In this coming world, those who insist on having every whim immediately delivered will train themselves into extreme-short-attention incompetents. Those with balanced brains and analytic skills will lap them many times. 

 

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