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Talking For Our Generation

It is an oft repeated topic of how bored we (meaning this generation) get, and how easily. I will not claim it untrue, though I will say, it depends on how often you are bombarded with same content.

A decade or so earlier news may have come to you twice a week, so you got bored of it an a month of two. today, if the same news comes twice a day (minimum) we cant really be blamed for getting bored within two weeks! infact, if you do the math, boredom after 16 viewings when compared with boredom against 28 viewings, with a daily dose is actually quite commendable.

Like most people who access the net, I have a number of feeds, and I have some websites I like to visit more often/ regularly. However, I have found that unless the content is widely varying, I take a break from visiting some of them for a couple of days/ weeks. Unless of course they have a wide variety, with innovative content whenever updated.

Another thing found perplexing sometimes is the need to update. It is a direct factor of the "I want more" syndrome of the end reader. However, that does not mean that one has to update even when there is nothing to update upon. It is fine to come up and say 'There is nothing to say today'. Pushing drivel for the reader to read, does reduce the esteem of the writer in the eyes of the reader, and in fact increases the chance of fickleness.

This "I want more" Syndrome apparently is something that this generation has cultivated. I beg to differ. Isnt the human mind forever hungry for more information? Didnt man, since time immemorial spend it trying to learn, read, talk, just to communicate and learn? With avenues available to learn faster and more, it is only natural that the demand also rises, each in their own spheres. For those who like Pulp, they want more pulp, those who want encyclopediac info...well, the net is open to them!

So, boredom and want have definitely been there, and will also be there. The point is just that the attention has increased on these points, and all because of higher avialability, which in itself is a wondrous thing.

Learning is a lifelong process. One can also revisit old things, which one was once bored of, yet not boring anymore. I do not think there is in this world less than enough to learn and then get bored of, by the end of ones lifetime. I may be wrong, but then, I might not.

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5th Jul, 2007 09:54 (UTC)
We live in a highly technological society, and the pace of life has greatly sped up over the last 2-3 decades. After the popularization of the net, we've all become huge consumers of information. And now the next stage,where we both produce and consume. (Look at the three of us on a tiny scale, we both blog and comment on each others posts). Everything you could want to know is a Google search away.
Leave aside computers-what about TV? With the explosive growth of cable-now there are zillions of channels to choose from. Successive generations increasingly take all this for granted, and kids now get on the net before they quit their diapers. Processing and assimilating loads of data is a skill to learn-something that kids will easily pick up.
No wonder we get jaded and have no time to stop and smell the roses!

Yes, man communicated and learned, and human progress was possible only because people were not content with the way things were. Otherwise we'd still be picking lice off each others' backs.

The demand curve for info has grown super steep-which is why our generation clamors for much more, and oftener, than did people even 10 or 20 years ago.
5th Jul, 2007 12:22 (UTC)
Re: Disagree...
Ah, I do not disagree with what you said.
You are right, and what I said was that merely, we come jaded faster just because of more information. Not that we dont or our predecessors dint. But the process is faster, and we are not to blame. It is because of the information flow increase!
And the process will continue...of learning and getting bored.
However, for a person with enough interest levels, to get bored and jaded of everything available will be a HErculian task considering there is so much more information for every bit learnt. And if ever that does happen, there will alwyas be things you want to revisit.
5th Jul, 2007 12:51 (UTC)
Re: Disagree...
(shortest reply ever! :D)
6th Jul, 2007 06:48 (UTC)
ha ha
:) that was for the hungry tag icon ;) Funny!

I think this is cuz of one click syndrome! in gud ol' times, we used to "Search" for info in the libraries/news papers/ people.. It was a "process" involving a lot of activities which invariably resulted in a sub pocket being created in our mind - a source for future endeavors. Now the "process" has been reduced to just a click! So, the thirst for the immediate info dies down and in want of more we get bored. if u give me "hogwart's library" , i'd still prefer the old fashioned way then google ;) unless of course human interaction is also there with google searches!
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