In the past, in many dull and boring hours, we created many ways to kill time, reading, entertainment, games… After that, the pattern was endless, until we found out that it was really killed, it was computer, Mobile phones and various digital products have been torn apart, and this is the new world we need to adapt – a world full of time debris.
If you let the aliens observe me, I will look like a top. In the morning, I stuffed the bread into my mouth and checked the mail. If I didn’t take the PSP when I was waiting for the subway, I would be very annoyed; when I was in a meeting, I was busy taking the call; even when I was writing, I suddenly remembered it. Look at my Twitter; when I am passionate about Kaixin, I will still remember to steal the dishes.
I think it’s not just me who is like a gyro. I am more like a gyro than me. His time is accurate to the second. Even the happy net has to set an alarm clock.
This is not the case for our ancestors and even our parents. In some of the earlier days, their time was calculated in the morning and afternoon, and not in hours. “Having friends come from afar” is a rare happy event. They can chat for a whole afternoon and then play for the whole night. They are not tired of the long embarrassment in the opera. For a long day, this rhythm is just right.
So the clock is really a modern product. It is an accomplice. It divides the seemingly empty and constantly flowing time into countless pieces, and the principal is our modern means of transportation and communication. We need more from one place to another than in ancient times, which keeps us waiting for the car, waiting for the lights to wait, and waiting to reach a destination. On the other hand, the use of telephones, mail, and instant messaging tools (such as MSN) will cause us to be broken even if we have a lot of time.
Will not stop
The futurist Toffler predicted this, but the predictions were rough. He believes that as technology develops, time will become more rapid and change will accelerate. He did not predict that the development of technology would make time as broken as a mirror.
He reminded us that this situation will continue to increase. He said that such a process would only be strengthened and accelerated and could not be reversed. Just look at the process of technological change and you can see at a glance. The technological change consists of three phases: the first phase is the creative phase, the phase that produces the creative ideas of practical use: the second phase is the phase in which the ideas are applied: the third phase is the phase in which the application is socially popular. When this process is done, the cycle is reversed – with the spread of technology, more and more innovations are created, and our “time and space are not a problem”.
All of this has now clearly been confirmed, and it is appropriate to use handheld devices as an example. When we have a mobile phone and hold it to make calls and texts, we feel that it is no better. But the Ceekers think that a good phone should be able to go online and take pictures, so there is an iPhone. Despite the amazing features of the iPhone, we still hope for a more perfect product, such as reading, playing games and watching American TV on the subway. Therefore, Amazon will create a Kindle, and Sony will create a PSP. The consumer is really God. God says that there is light, so there is light. God says that there is a computer that you should carry with you, so you have an iPhone. Now God can only watch the phone nervously and see if the boss pushes an email.
The new generation of technology that breaks our time is called cloud computing. With this technology, network service providers can process hundreds of millions of messages in seconds. This will make some handheld devices more versatile.
This means that we have been able to fill in only the time spent in a mess. Think about our time in the taxi. In the past, we will look at the tall buildings that have passed by both sides, or chat with the driver’s master. But in the future, we may take this time to buy a new album on the Internet. Or, even if you advocate your free will and enjoy the only time of stagnation, the merchant in the business district where you are located will push the information to your mobile phone text message, reminding you to take a look at the cloud.
This is certainly not the ultimate. In Microsoft’s promo, in the future, a touch-type computer will be embedded on your kitchen desktop. You may ask the computer how to make ingredients when cooking. Of course, it will also remind you that the child’s teacher has given you a new message. Of course, it may be the boss’s roar. This kind of thing was put in the past. The magician can do it.
As a result, some changes have taken place in our culture. We don’t need a cloud to contrast the difference between Peking Opera, opera and pop music. We can look at the novel. Japan is the most widely used country in 3G. Now, their most popular novel is not a web novel, but a mobile novel. For example, the best-selling mobile novel, “Empty Love”, is a woman named Momo who writes 100 text messages on her mobile phone every day for a month, so it is more suitable for reading on mobile phones. “Empty Love” now has more than 26 million hits and more than 2 million sales. This success doesn’t just happen to Momo. In the past five years, the profit from mobile novels has reached $100 million.
Unable to adapt to the psychology of debris
When “Blackberry” was used as a work phone by many American companies because of its email push function, people in this country are arguing about a very cute question: Do you want to bring “Blackberry” into the bedroom?
Maybe not so ridiculous. Many people can’t stand the place where the phone is placed one meter away, even when sleeping, put it on the bedside table. Although there are constant articles telling people that mobile phones in the bedroom can affect sleep, or radiation can hurt the body, there are not many people who can safely throw their phones in another room. It’s as if this little thing has given us a spell, let us not give up on it. We are willing to let it break our big chunks of time, even if sleep time is no exception.
This is just an example. Toffler predicted: “A million normal people with normal mentality will face a drastic change in the future.”
If we put ourselves in the position we are observing, we can see that when we concentrate on doing one thing but are interrupted by the phone or MSN, our brain is actually quickly shifting attention from one thing to another. Things. When the brain comes back to what we need to focus on, it takes a certain amount of time to enter the state. Therefore, when the phone or information frequently requires us to respond, we become more and more unable to concentrate, and therefore become anxious and upset.
In addition, the availability of the network allows us to be in a state of obtaining information at any time. No one has ever counted how much more information we have gained than our previous generation or ancestors, but what is certain is that this state puts more pressure on our brains. More and more people are finding that their memory is declining.
Of course, many scholars have also analyzed that the constant switching between the network and the reality brings confusion about identity cognition. An extreme example is that adolescents will use violence in the game as a reality and kill in reality.
The worst situation is that we will be an important reliant on a tool. We have lost patience in the face of these fine time, we need to rely on PSP to resolve our anxious emotions. Unconsciously, we lose the feeling of “nothing to look at flying flowers”, and even the idea of refusing to rely on these tools will not be there. I don’t know how Kant will look at our time. He always says the will of freedom.
But at any time, the autonomy of the mind is the most important. Think about children, concentrate on when you play, but when you have nothing to play, you can imagine yourself. This represents the two forces that people have – the power of outward exploration and introspection.
We do not lack the ability to explore outwards. We lack the ability to be alone. Or we have to start consciously training ourselves now, letting ourselves stand in a subway like a sleepwalking without playing PSP, shutting down MSN and Twitter at work, and then picking up the phone after reading this chapter of the book. (Who can do it…) In this way, we can still be comfortable when we have the technology to crush our time like a meat grinder.