Technology and Psychology

Technology can mess us up psychologically.

Did you know that there really wasn’t ADHD before TV.  TV was available around the 1920’s and 30’s.  The first time they used stimulants to treat ADHD was 1937.  Don’t get me wrong, I will watch tv, and I am well aware that it has an affect on my attention span.

I am sure there are tons of effects of technology on the way we think and live – but I am really interested in the psychology of the dvr.  I mean, not only does tv condition us to have shorter attention spans, we can now control what we watch completely.  We don’t have to sit through commercials that are engineered at just the right span of time as to maximize the attention span of the viewers.  We can skip all of that.  We can rewind live tv if we missed it – because we don’t know how to pay attention any more.

I’ve heard people talk about wanting to “dvr” live radio.  We can easily go back and control it all.  DVR psychology.

Also, interestingly enough – I typically write my post first and then I look it up to see if it exists.  I guess if I did it the other way, that I wouldn’t have the desire to write it because it has already been written about.  But alas, nothing is new under the sun.

I wonder what that says about me?  Don’t answer that.

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