These Six Sentences Reveal How Quickly Your Brain and the Internet have Grown Together


What happened next, after everyone started using cheesy “click-bait” headlines, was unbelievable, or was it…

1.

We embraced the (important and useful) blurry line between entertainment and learning (see this other an easy-to-read-article, here) which made it easy for us to quickly consume information and ideas.

Instant-Learning-Gratification

2.

There was a veritable Arms Race of “click-bait” — words and images competing for our eyeballs and thumbs — one shark jumping over the next, endlessly…

shark jump

3.

..but we became cognitively fat and lazy, because there was little nutritional substance behind those empty “snackable” headlines…

fat cat on couch

4.

..and the repeated experience of getting “tricked” by a headline that wasn’t exactly representative (or even true) to its content caused us to become even more cynical and suspicious of online information sources.

liar

Ultimately, with our reduced expectations of what the Internet had to offer, we looked more and more to our personal friends in the real world for authentic sharing and learning experiences.

maya and kristen dancing

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My blog is at: http://danspira.com. My face in real life appears at a higher resolution, although I do feel pixelated sometimes.

Posted on January 22, 2014, in Blogging, Communication Skills, Diversions, humor, Information Design, Instructional Design, Learning, Marketing, Psychology, Social Media, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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