Digital Disease: The Negative Longterm Effects of Hyper-connectivity

The Pew Research Center released a report in 2012 on the long-term Internet & American Life Project, this time honing in on how millennials will be affected by the hyper-connectivity of their lives by next year. The research was based on interviews with over a thousand select thought leaders on the subject.

The study, conducted by Janna Quitney Anderson of Elon University and Lee Raine of the Pew Research Center pointed to some particularly interesting things from their subjects. The report is based on interviews, and therefore an aggregate view of how many predict the future of the newest working generation.

First, there were two primary statements as choices people could choose from, one an optimistic and the other a cynical view. Some 55% agreed with the statement:

“In 2020 the brains of multitasking teens and young adults are “wired” differently from those over age 35 and overall it yields helpful results. They do not suffer notable cognitive shortcomings as they multitask and

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