We’re Smarter in Year 2060, or Are We?

Internet usage improves brain function. So, what will we be like in Year 2060.

Meet My Vision of the Year 2060:   

A recent study has reported that the humans of today in 2060 are in fact “smarter” than those who were living during the initial advent and adoption of the internet at the turn of the 21st century.  Now, more than three generations since the internet changed the way people shared, gathered and digested information, people today seem to have developed greater brain functions.  Test score comparisons show a clear improvement in humans of today for improved memory capacity.  Furthermore, people today can process information at a much greater pace than 60 years ago.  We are able to evaluate and decide whether available information is pertinent to us in matter of a few seconds.  In the same way, we today make better and faster decisions in all aspects of our modern life.  

There was a time when some people would be “frozen” by having too many choices back in the late 1900’s, according to the study. 

Scientists credit much of the change to the fact that “searching” on the internet has greatly improved brain functions over the then traditional methods of receiving information, such as reading or watching the once-popular television boxes.  

The increased brain functions, however,  have come at some costs, according to the study.  Apparently, the people of three generations ago were better able to focus on a single task for longer periods of time.  In other words, we are much less patient with mundane tasks and need more constant brain stimulation.  Luckily, however, continued advancement in technology has automated most of those mundane tasks.  There, of course, still are some very prestigious manual jobs today that require such ability to focus on single tasks like doctors, auto mechanics, construction workers, among others.  There have been recent concern with the lack of people able to fill these jobs over the past 10 years.  

While most social leaders applauded the study which they said proved the advancement of mankind.  Some traditionalists have used this study to push their agenda for slowing down our societal changes.  They believe that such improvements in the human brain functions have come at a too heavy of a price.  One of their favorite examples, is criticizing our current practice of letting the state raise all children as soon as they are eligible for preschool.  Although it has been years since most of the world has adopted the policy of children being educated and raised by the state, some fringe societies continue to adhere to the practice of traditional marriages where couple stay together for a lifetime, far beyond just the children bearing years.  They maintain the traditional family structure where the children are raised and educated by the parents rather than the state.  The traditionalists point to scientific findings showing that these people acutally have more brain capacity for empathy and abstract thinking than the more mainstream people.  While they are backwards in their application of technology, they have shown to be very effective leaders especially in times of war.  Some corporations are now experimenting by using these people as managers in environments where collective efforts are necessary.

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My vision for the Year 2060 came from reading this article in the Telegraph.  Read it yourself and see how you imagine the possible future.  Most of all, have fun with it.