Internet profoundly changes human life. I read magazine when I was a kid. It says “Everything at your fingertip”. This refers to Internet. It finally becomes truth however terrifying reality. People start to live in the matrix and feed on their own biases. Yet nobody sells happiness. As a matter of fact, it can’t be sold anyway.
Being social is a fundamental need of human. We used to work together for food and raise children. It’s hard wire to our brian and defines feelings. But we are also mammals. Mammals look for variety. Internet and social apps give us this unbelieve variety. Without working on it, we get choices. Dating apps are a great example, swiping gives you dominating feelings and infinite choices. It works and it works like a mirage. Enterprenurs and engineers are working so hard to provide this options to us. They designs the gaint machine cluters running on their algorithm which made by few’s mind. They made it easy and fun. It’s a great gamification. It’s highly addictive too. Though, this is detrimental too. Tinder uses ELO algorithm to ensure you are not going to see people outside your range (score). But life isn’t like this. Life has surprises. Meeting people brings enjoyment. Flirting requires skills and practices. And someone at the door might have the answer you are looking for your own development. The habit swiping destroies the joy. It’s fake.
People don’t read
We are a speicies feed on information. We even have a thinking on computer engineering that thinks information + context = knowledge. Knowledge is also written on language. We are incredible because we read. We learn from our greatest so that we don’t make the same mistakes. In fact, all technology comes with profound researches. Those are written over years. we would die much easier without penicillin. We wouldn’t be able to predict weather without air balloon and mathematics. We wouldn’t be able to watch Netflix without decades of technological development. Yet people don’t read. We are starting to transit from learning from text to learning from images and videoes. Reading builds knowledge structure but videoes only conveys feelings. Reading is fundamental. No matter who you are.
Why people don’t read?
I think learning is always a hard process. You have to put so many hours in reading something you don’t know. That feels uncomfortable. Maybe many people don’t have the epiphany moment. That brings you all the joy of learning. It’s generally true that you can learn whatever you want on the internet. Knowledege is accessisble than ever but people are lack of motivation. Yes, learning might not lead you to a perfect job. It doesn’t give you better income. But,
Difficulty is a process of mastering your craft. – Qunicy
This might have two different perspectives. Let’s start with hardest one.
If people don’t have accessible internet, our assupmtion doesn’t make sense. People probably live based on their instincts or follow social codes. Try to imagine people living in 1960s.
Then comes the Chinese. Rapid growth drives technology advancement and internet. It builds gigantic gap between rich and poor but internet puts them together. Widely accessible information without privacy filter is terrible. Your need grows exponentially with the new information. But not your financials. Comprasion between real life and life on photos draw pain and desire. No wonder Chinese are greedy in their relationships. The idea of better life requiring money is an illusion of not acknowledge time and development.
First World problem
Living in a developed world means knowledge and books are accessible. So do the internet and smart phones. It’s much more comfortable to live in bubbles. You only needs to react when your life is at stake. Thanks to widely accessible higher education and good life quality. Living in 20s are fun. Endless choices among other young people and internet are always fun. It also developes comfortable numb. Being able to push yourself is the way to grow. And the only way to become is to work through pain. Many people don’t go to find that drive. They are not actually living.
Happiness needs work
I love Yuval’s choice of buddhist’s view.
If I identify happiness with fleeting pleasant sensations, and crave to experience more and more of them, I have no choice but to pursue them constantly. When I finally get them, they quickly disappear, and because the mere memory of past pleasures will not satisfy me, I have to start all over again. Even if I continue this pursuit for decades, it will never bring me any lasting achievement; on the contrary, the more I crave these pleasant sensations, the more stressed and dissatisfied I will become. To attain real happiness, humans need to slow down the pursuit of pleasant sensations, not accelerate it.
Just like a concrete work, it requires constantly tweaking and coping. Life applies.