Back in the day, free time was filled with hobbies. Even the most working class family would have a collection of Shakespeare in their homes and almost all children learned how to play some instrument or sport. Now that free time is filled with technology and social media. While these aren’t completely bad (playing video games has benefits), it’s not really that great either. Technology could be used to accumulate a wealth of knowledge on any subject imaginable. If you’re interested in the human mind, you could read psychiatry resource information online. If you’re interested in space, you could read all documented accounts of space travel online.
But most people don’t do this. Instead, they go on Facebook and scroll through vapid posts for hours. It’s just so easy to do this that it becomes a habit for many people. With a book, you can’t get bored and use it to go on Facebook. You can’t stop practicing your piano and use it to Instagram. Therein lies the flaw of technology. Once your mind wanders even slightly, you fall down that rabbit hole of social media.
With smart phones, even your books and instruments isn’t enough to hold your attention. You could be reading one second and then find yourself absentmindedly reaching for your phone before you’ve even realized what you’ve done. If you were to tally how much time you waste by scrolling through your social media feeds, the end results would be shocking. The end result of all this is a dumbed down generation with no real skill or interests. Go on, read for an hour a day. And try to do it without uploading a picture of your book to Instagram.