FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Easier than walking across the room

Here’s one for you. If you need to know something, it’s faster to connect to a computer thousands of miles away than it is to walk across the room to find the answer in a book. If you want to watch a movie, it’s faster to get it started through Netflix on a server somewhere else than it is to walk over to your pile of physical media (or your bookshelf if you’re that sort of person) and queue it up. If it’s a Blu-ray disc, it’s probably faster to start it on a server than it is to load up the disc even if the disc is already in the player.

It’s faster to send a text which requires typing than it is to connect a phone call. It’s faster to get the weather on your smartphone than it is to walk outside. I could go on and on, but you have to really wonder what effect all this instant access to information will have on a generation that grows up knowing nothing about pay phones, libraries, yellow pages, or outdoor thermometers. Everyone reading this today is old enough to remember when the smartphone wasn’t our go-to source for every single thing in our lives, but what about our kids?

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 5,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.