Infographic: Hyperconnected generation
Hyper-connected, how fun is that to say! Drums up images of Matrix style connectivity to the media heavy environment that all our cool gadgets provide.
While it’s not surprising that younger generations are tuned in from wake-up to crash-down it makes me ask, if you’re powered up how do you power down? Or are you like 63% of Millennials that relax with the flicker of your TV screen or the high-def display of the monitor?
Did you know that apparently Kanye West doesn’t even have a mobile phone? If like me this makes you shudder then you’ll be just as surprised to read that there is an ‘anti-social media’ movement on the rise.
All you have to do is check out Acura’s infographic below about connectivity to realise that maybe Andrew Keen’s book Digital Vertigo isn’t too far out of bounds. But will switching off make us Neo-Luddites or connoisseurs of the time we spend connected?
Recently I’ve been wondering if anyone else uses their tablet to check movie times, or great bars, while organising social activities with their friends via both Facebook and while talking on the telephone? Or who else Tweets while flicking through news updates on the telly and using the Recipe Finder app to figure out what to burn, sorry cook, for dinner.
Apparently (and thankfully) I’m not alone! We’re tethered, linked in, hooked up, updating, texting and gaming – a combination of all of these things or a smatter of a few at once. As per the infographic below from Acura – the luxury arm of the Honda car manufacturer can attest, that up to 95% of the population are multi-tasking from the moment they wake.
Creating a directly linked-in environment, and sourcing information through any avenue that can supplement that which resides in our brain, is now challenging the notion and concept of multi-tasking.
This infographic seems to confirm the concerns of Millennials potentially faking super-tasking, as seen here in this Epoch piece, through a potentially unhealthy dependency on technology. Or as I like to think of it ‘organising’. While I won’t purport to be a one in 40 individual who can super-task affectively, I know that with access to technologies I can make informed decisions, in an easier way.
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