we should also factor in
that 4 years ago
there were far fewer websites
facebook barely existed beyond colleges
far less things to sap your time online
less distractions and time sinks
at least some of this loss of interest in a spiritually based internet forum
could be explained by the internet growing vastly in size
maybe by a multiple of 1,000 times bigger in total # of websites in the last 4-5 years.
that's a thousand times more things to waste your time
fmylife.com is one of the millions that have been created
plus the ADHD virus is spreading like the plague
I think it has something to do with Twitter
Twitter trains you to value messages shorter than 140 characters (nd th shrtr the msg th btr)
A growing number of younger people prefer to get the news by twitter snippets, and rarely actually read entire articles these days.
People are getting accustomed to valuing short summaries over longer fuller magazine articles.
Succinctness is preferred over Quality in-depth Content.
It's not anyone's fault really.
I don't think anyone's trying to mind control us.
It's because there's more information and more access to it.
So we all know all the information that exists and can easily tap it now via google or wikipedia at the touch of our iPhone 4's with 4G from Verizon.
so the problem isn't obtaining the information anymore
like before-- when our best resource was the highschool library
now the information is plentiful and easily accessed
so the problem is sorting it and dealing with it
I think that was an unintended consequence of the information age
In providing us with vast amounts of infinitely easily accessible knowledge
it also required us to develop the multitasking ability to deal and sort with all this information
the average person 1,000 years ago was only worried about a couple things
1)figuring out how to kill their supper
2)not dying of the plague
Today, the average person's got hundreds of mini-chores to accomplish every day. Wake up, meetings and schedules, be here at this or that time, birthdays and anniversaries, a ton of bills that are steadily growing each month, inability to take a break because the mortgage doesn't pay itself, and literally hundreds of mini-chores more than the human of 1,000 years ago had to worry about.
This can really drive you crazy.
If you think about it (yet another thought they wouldn't have had to deal with).