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February 17, 2009

Clicking our lives away.


I think it is safe to say that as children of this age we live in we all generally click too much. I say this based on observing my own life and I am presumptuous enough to assume this applies to a large swath of humanity…sue me if it doesn’t apply to you. I remember a time, not that long ago in the great scheme of things, when we lived generally click free lives. We might click a ballpoint pen perhaps or even a light switch but we spent most of our time pushing things, reading things and generally just not making a sound. Not so now. Since the dawn of the internet which I personally embraced since it was a vast improvement on BBS ( look it up – that is what Wikipedia is for)  and I have spent more time with computers than humans since I discovered the Apple II  c. 

I think it is safe to say that most of us spend far too many hours clicking send on emails or just clicking on links. I have found myself 30 links deep on many an occasion until I stop  to ask how on earth I got to the sex lives of marmosets.It starts innocently enough with a browse through the Vatican archives and then questions come to mind which leads to the ever unreliable Wikipedia and then..well you know what happens next. The internet is too finely tuned to our human tendency to ask questions and wonder. Remember the days when we would go to bed wondering who that actor was in that movie and kicking ourselves for not remembering? Now we just google it or IMDB it and we know. As a race we have become completely addicted to clicking. Pity the poor people at the Encyclopaedia Brittanica who , not that long ago, found themselves redundant. The problem is that we can never stop clicking because as humans we are inquisitive by nature and one question inevitably leads to another or…given how our brains work…one answer prompts us to move on to a completely unrelated question.

So where does that leave us? I guess we have to acknowledge we click too much because ,like the scorpion, it is our nature. Do we need to click so much? Most definitely not though I am the chief offender. There is much to be said for taxing our brains in bed trying to remember who that actor was…because we always remember when our CPU eventually accesses that part of our hard drive.

At least I now realise that the internet and clicking cannot help me with one big thing…where the heck did I put my car keys and what is that strange substance sitting in Tupperware in my fridge?