By: Pooja Bachani
Faster. Faster! Perpetually moving forward whilst accelerating, Generation Z is launched from the base of technology into an atmosphere of infinite information. The entire lexicon of world knowledge rests in the palm of your hand, barring an act of nature that yields a slow Wi-Fi connection. Trampled by the rapid speech at which information is propelled, we have yet to stop and reflect upon the pragmatic ramifications of the technology that surrounds us.
The notion that we are indeed overwhelmed by information is unanimously agreed upon; smart phones are as ubiquitous today as CDs were in the ‘90s. While some have resisted the proliferation of technology, the majority has understandably welcomed it with open arms. (Insert a pithy “ALL the information” meme here). Smart phones have given us the ability to Google anything at a moment’s notice; I can know the details of UN meetings as quickly as the stats to Sunday’s football games. It’s simply marvelous!
However, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The reaction to rapid information, and subsequently implied rapid absorption, is the psychological state of being overwhelmed. It is simply impossible to adequately process and observe the fathomless quantity of information that is hurled at us; furthermore, the multitude of information makes it difficult to grasp a certain idea and hold onto it. We are perpetually pulled in multiple directions, presented with multiple ideas, at a pace that outruns the human mind.