Pew Research Centre just released a new report about how Millennials will benefit and suffer due to their hyperconnected lives.
The over archiving take away is that my generation won’t have deep analytical skills or be able to focus our energy and concentration on big hairy problems because of our multitasking and needing instant gratification. Much has been debated about instant gratification being bad and children who wait to eat the marshmallow:
The marshmallow experiment is a famous test of this concept conducted by Walter Mischel at Stanford University and discussed by Daniel Goleman in his popular work. In the 1960s, a group of four-year olds were given a marshmallow and promised another, only if they could wait 20 minutes before eating the first one. Some children could wait and others could not. The researchers then followed the progress of each child into adolescence, and demonstrated that those with the ability to wait were better adjusted and more dependable (determined via surveys of their parents and teachers), and scored an average of 210 points higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
Will do better in life. However, life is rarely either or and usually a combination of good and bad/ left and right. Like any generation before mines. Some people will rise above society and do very well, however, others won’t.