The I want it right now generation

This generation will forever be known as the I want it right now generation. Want to read a book? There’s no need to go to the library, purchase a Kindle.  Need to connect with someone? Some people prefer Facebook chat or Tweeting as opposed to the traditional phone call. Want to find out more info on a job applicant? You can check out their VisualCV or LinkedIn account before even giving them an opportunity to interview. Do you need to be told when to use the restroom during movies so you won’t miss anything? Download RunPee (ok not a great example, but it works).

It seems like there is an application for everything today. The whole world is in the palm of your hands with a smart phone. Want pizza delivered? You can order Pizza Hut with the click of a few buttons.

Pop culture is telling us this is acceptable. But is it really?

Is new technology helping us or making us lazy? How will the now affect the future? If technology has brought us this far, what else will it do for us?

Lyrics from The Black Eyed Peas – “Now Generation” –

I want it, I want it, I want it now
Fast internet
Stay connected
Ineject, WIFI, Podcast,
Blastin’ out an SMS
Text me and I text you back
Check me on the iChat
I’m all about that http
You’re a PC, I’m a MAC

I want it
Myspace and yourspace
Facebook is a new place
Dipdive is socialize
And I’ll be out on cyber space
Google is my professor
Wikipedia check it
Checkin’ my account
loggin’ in and loggin’ out

6 Responses to “The I want it right now generation”

  1. Anthony - August 10th, 2009

    I think this new technology is fantastic. Answers at your fingertips, demands on call, virtually instant contact. I don’t believe it makes people lazy. In fact, with so many points of contact to manage it may be the opposite of lazy.

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  2. TF - August 10th, 2009

    Technology is absolutely amazing. I’m a technophile myself but all this doesn’t really do much for human interaction, unfortunately.

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Technology can do a lot for human interaction. Technology can allow you to network more, which in turn can provide you with more human interaction.

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  3. TF - August 11th, 2009

    I’m speaking of direct human interaction. There are individuals who are more comfortable hiding behind the convenience of email, instant messaging, etc. that the concept of interacting in person is a great cause for anxiety.

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  4. Suzy - August 11th, 2009

    But technology can also create walls between you and others. How many meetings now have to begin with admonitions to refrain from checking email or texting? For the first time at a movie theatre recently the reminder to turn off cell phones was accompanied by a request not to text during the show. Technology is both a blessing and a curse, depending on how it is used. You learn new skills but lose older ones, not always a good thing.

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  5. KairiSoosaar (Kairi Soosaar) - September 30th, 2009

    http://www.theprpractitioner.com/?p=561

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