The internet has transformed the way that we watch TV, play games and listen to music. But seeing the technology is so new, few people have realized how much this could be changing us as humans.
Whereas scare stories over the effects of violent movies have been with us a long time, there’s been very little research done into the long-term effects of our new digital devotion. So here’s look at the surprising trends that have sprung up as a result of 21st century entertainment.
Since the advent of smartphones around a decade ago, most of us have gradually acquired the habit of keeping our mobile devices with us at all times. And whilst our smartphones have granted us the ability to communicate with friends and play games on the go, when it’s reached the point where we check our phones around 150 times per day, it’s a sign that something significant is happening.
So far, the effects of such activity have yet to be discerned, but already psychologists such as Larry Rosen have stated that such technologies have the potential to overact our brains which can cause heightened anxiety whilst limiting an individual’s ability to concentrate.
Too much choice
Another interesting effect of the digital revolution is that many have stated that we’ve been granted too much choice in our entertainment habits. Anybody who’s spent hours procrastinating before deciding which film to watch on Netflix will understand the pain of having too much choice. And whilst these may be superficial concerns, the Guardian has also stated how such a range of choice may have harmful implications for our planet.
However, an opposing argument could suggest that the increased choice merely serves to democratize the consumer. A good example of this is the way that enlarged media channels have allowed gaming sites such as Royal Vegas Casino to provide an entertainment blog that details as many as eight slot games being added to their site per month. This is in addition to the site’s huge range of table games such as roulette and blackjack, so whilst a degree of choice may sometimes seem overwhelming, it grants the consumer the power to decide their own entertainment options.
The power of screens
Just a few decades ago, many families were lucky to have more than one screen in the home. But with the arrival of cell phones and tablets has come a range of interesting developments. These include the likes of Royal Vegas Casino catering to consumer demand by making mobile-friendly versions of their table games that even includes the likes of video poker. But although such adult entertainment may be just a bit of fun, others have suggested that too much screen-time could have a negative effect upon the development of children’s minds.
So like any new technology, by using a little common sense and forethought then we can be free to enjoy playing games and communicating with friends with our powerful 21st century devices.