The Speed We Learn
Today many of the people that are consuming, and by consuming I mean taking information in, were born after the internet was born. The age of today is informing people in a way that has never happened before. I am seriously considering my university at this moment in time. Currently I am a 2nd year student at Massey University in Auckland New Zealand. My degree is in Computer Science, with a major in Information Sciences, and minor in Information Technology. And while you think this might be impressive, this blog might change your mind. Let me explain, please.
Before we had the internet, the traditional way of learning was via school, whether that was junior high school, high school, or like me, university. These mediums were the traditional way we gathered knowledge. And while many still go to university (such as myself), and while I’m not against it, I think that the internet is the fastest way to learn information that today is giving us. Here is why.
Going to university you have a class on a certain subject once, maybe two times a week, you sit in a class, listen to your lecture and take notes. This is such an old fashion way to learn. People don’t learn this way anymore. If you want to know something, you do what? Google it!
Google is the fastest and cheapest lecturer ever invented.”What is the population in China”, “How often should I change my oil”, What color undies should I ware on a date”, anything you want to know is literally at your fingertips with the smart phones and the internet. In fact, in my experience, I don’t even use the text books that my lectures tell me to get, I just get on the internet and figure it out. Going to class, listening to someone talk about Microsoft Access for 2 hours is the dumbest thing I can think of. I can go to YouTube and find a 3 minuet video on that same thing and figure it out that way.
What Is A TV
Back in the day, way before I was born, a little thing was invented. They called it a “Radio.” People were using the radio to consume information, whether that was marketing, or breaking news, the radio was the best and most efficient way to learn things. People use to sit around the radio as a family and listen to it when a program came on.
After some more time we got what, the TV. With the TV the radio became a thing of the past, you could now see the things you use to hear of on the radio, our attention was shifted from our ears to our eyes, and the TV was a stat of a new revolution. We had adds on TV, the big brands saw these as a massive advantage to their success. Every one was sitting in front of the TV and a Coke add would pop up, the whole family could now have context to the add that with radio, they could only hear. The TV changed the age in a way that was fundamental to how your attention was consumed.
Now, we have the internet and smart phones, and again our attention has shifted. The TV is now the radio and the smart phones are now the TV, figuratively speaking. Lets be honest, how many of us watch a series on a TV? Most get the laptop, or your phone, Ipad, tablet, whatever your device is, and watch it on that, on your time. The way that we consume information has shifted again, and you’re a part of it. I don’t like to use the words “kids” but the younger generation, I would say 30 and below, if you ask them, how much TV they watch, it would be very little. They are in front of a computer of some sort, whether that is a desktop, smart phone, laptop ect. our attention has shifted, and a new age of learning has begun.
This is why I think lectures find it so hard to get people to participate in class, you have 200 introverts that think you’re wasting their time, and they just want to go watch that 3 minuet YouTube video so that they finish the Snapchat story they have started. Not to say that this is a bad thing, I am just stating a fact that people are thinking but are not saying.
Using the internet as a tool to learn can be very powerful, that is, if you can discern good information from bad information. This is not to say that everything on the internet is factual and should be taken as something that is credible, but if you do your research properly, you can find anything you want on the internet that is quality information.
So should we go to university? That’s up for you to decide. I will finish my degree, only because I am almost finished, and if I drop out now my wife will kill me. So, for now, I am planning to get that little piece of paper, ware the cap and gown, and do all that, but again, I think that anything you “learn” at university can be found on the internet if you look in the right places.