Is Technology Making Us Bad People?

Sophie Newman, Global Affairs Editor

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Recently, Microsoft found that our attention spans have decreased by 30% since 2000.

Forty percent of internet users will abandon a website that takes longer than three seconds to load.

We live in a world where everyone with a smartphone has limitless knowledge at the touch of a button. One can’t help but wonder if this boundless access to information is creating a sense of entitlement.

You can order anything you could ever dream of within two minutes.

In your bathtub but craving tacos? Grubhub’s commercial believes you should get your tacos asap — without leaving your bath.

Sure, things are convenient, but is it coming at a cost we can afford? Yeah, Starbucks mobile order is great for those rushed school mornings, but what happens when you’re forced to wait in line? If you never wait in line for anything, the first time you wait in line you don’t have the skills and the patience to wait your turn: wait for the person in front of you to place her order, order your drink, wait for your drink to be made, pick up your drink, and finally head back to your car. A process that takes you five minutes to complete now takes 20 minutes.

Feeling lonely? Download a dating app and swipe through photos of attractive people, hoping to get a match. Get a match and you can expect to text with this person before committing to plans. If they decide they’re not interested in you anymore, you’ll get “ghosted” — an act that typically involves deleting someone off of all social media, blocking them, then ignoring their calls and texts. It’s easy and convenient, but there’s zero accountability. You don’t deal with the aftermath; you don’t have to have any difficult conversations with people.