I have a hypothesis. My hypothesis is that the rate of generational change is correlated to Moore’s Law. Moore’s Law, for those unfamiliar, is that processor speed doubles every 18 months. This law has basically enabled computers, mobile phones, videoconferencing, virtual worlds, 3D imaging and more to dramatically change how we do things.
Recently, my 30-something colleagues have been talking about mobile phone and social media usage amongst the 20-something generation behind us, and the teens bringing up the rear. Teens are texting without viewing the 3×3 pad on their not-very-smart phones. Literally, people are thumbing away at their phone while doing a bazillion other things, least of which is to actually look at the keyboard. Could it be that a whole generation of people will have advanced thumb functionality in that way, or suffer from carpal tunnel of the thumb?
Today a friend reported seeing a study about our younger generation being addicted to social media (found it here). Teens actually suffering from anxiety and depression when away from social sites. Now the math major in me is wondering whether the study was normalized to factor in the rampant anxiety and depression teens feel at this stage ANYWAYS, but I do hear lots of people reporting that the divide is getting deeper.
So, calling all scientists… here’s a research study idea. Please verify my hypothesis that the generational divide is correlated to Moore’s law. And, when you do, please tweet it. 😉