• Patrick McAndrew

Digital Insanity

I’m sure most of you have heard of Prince Ea, of YouTube fame.  If you haven’t, I highly recommend checking him out!  He has some great slam poems on topics ranging from race to self-development.  I don’t know him personally, but he seems like a guy who knows what’s going on.


A few years ago, he posted a video titled, “Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?”  In it, he discusses how we, as a society, have grown more anti-social, less interactive in person, and more caught up with what is happening on our phones than with what’s around us.  You can watch the video below:



He opens the video with, “Did you know the average person spends four years of his life looking down at his cell phone?”  Prince Ea is trying to alert the public that technology has made us more “separate and selfish than ever.”  We are the “generation of media overstimulation” (good rhyme) and “conforming to an accepted form of digital insanity.”


Prince Ea makes some pretty strong points in this video.  An accepted form of digital insanity.  That part hit me hard.  We have control over how much we use technology.  We can control this, and yet so many of us do not.  We accept this social norm.  We allow ourselves to succumb to the endless distractions as we scroll and scroll and scroll and scroll.


Speaking of scrolling, I imagine you have had to scroll to read this blog post.  But, hopefully, you get something of value out of it.  I did a little bit of scrolling myself after watching Prince Ea’s video and found a few comments on his video along the lines of, “No sources.  Half this crap is made up,” “This is so stupid,” and “So much BS.”  Wha-wha-whaaaat?


Although I can’t fully back Prince Ea’s claims personally (this is a blog and not an academic journal), there have been countless studies done that have proven smartphone’s negative cognitive impact on the human brain.  This technology is rewiring the brain in a way that is lowering our ability to socially interact.  It is lowering empathic skills and listening skills.  I don’t know if these people are in denial, or perhaps they are spending too much time putting out negative hater comments than actually living outside of their phones.


Obviously, Prince Ea is not claiming that technology is bad.  I imagine he is earning a pretty penny because of the valuable information he is sharing with the world, of which he wouldn’t be able to do as widely without our technological advances.  What he is calling for is a balance and a reminder to not forfeit our face-to-face interaction for constant screen time.  I must say, I am all aboard the Prince Ea train!


What are your thoughts, friends? Is Prince Ea laying down the truth?  Have things gotten better or worse since he posted this video a few years ago?  Or is this even a concern?  Comment below!


Your friend,


Pat

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