How Current Modern Age is Bad for Humanity

How Current Modern Age is Bad for Humanity

Most people like to think that whatever time
they are in is the most advanced time that humanity has ever been in. They also tend to assume that all progress,
and all change, is actually good and moves humanity forward. The truth is that humanity sometimes has setbacks,
and it will certainly have setbacks again. There are actually many reasons to believe
that our current modern age may not be very good for humanity long term, and could be
setting us up for calamity in the future. As we have become increasingly reliant on
technology, we have become less able to care for ourselves, and less able to plan for the
future. 10. Our Current Era Of Mass Information Could
Be A Dark Age In The Future While most people think of our modern era
as a golden age of technology and progress, the truth is that a lot of archivists and
other data storage experts are extremely worried about the long term storage of the current
sum of humanity’s knowledge. Right now, almost everything is stored in
some electronic form, and the few records that are still on paper could easily be destroyed
by adverse climate conditions. They are worried that if any kind of serious
upheaval happened, whether it were more like a climate shift, or something caused by massive
wars, we could end up in a position where nearly all of our knowledge was irretrievable. Many of our current electronic forms of storage
would not hold up that well in the event of a serious disaster, but even if they did,
we would need to have the equipment to read them. In other words, if we don’t have the right
electronic devices, all of that information is basically inaccessible. And if the information on how to make more
of those electronic devices resides on electronic storage we cannot read, then we will be pretty
much completely out of luck. Archivists would like to find ways to store
information that is more reliable and doesn’t degrade so easily over time like paper, but
also doesn’t require a lot of sophistication like electronic media. While it is good that they are at least thinking
about it, time is running out and even if they had the technology today, shifting all
of the worlds information to a new storage media would take many, many years. 9. The Internet Has Allowed For Echo Chambers
Of Radical And Abhorrent Ideas The internet is certainly an incredible step
in terms of communication. You can now wake up in the Western Hemisphere
of the world and instantly get in touch with someone on the Eastern Hemisphere literally
without even getting out of bed. Information now spreads at an incredibly fast
rate, and most people would tell you that people are better informed than ever, due
to the internet. However, the internet communication era is
not without its downsides. Mark Twain once famously said that “a lie
can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on,” but in today’s
instant communication system, we can imagine we would have had to amend the quote to a
much more drastic degree. The internet has given people access to most
information in the world, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it has made people better
at spotting untruths. To make matters worse, this ability for horrible
things to spread on the internet very quickly has led to the rise of all kinds of awful
groups who band together in solidarity, such as pedophiles, and Neo-Nazis. Where once these people’s abhorrent viewpoints
would be rightfully shunned, now they can go online and find a community where people
give excuses to each other for their horrible behavior and sometimes encourage further criminal
action. Some recent killers like Elliot Rodger and
Dylan Roof were partly radicalized by hate groups — it cannot be said the online groups
were directly responsible, but their violent and extremist rhetoric can help push unstable
people over the edge. 8. The Digital Age Of “Right Now” Is Ruining
Our Patience And Long Term Planning Capabilities Many people have said that today’s children
have little or no sense of delayed gratification anymore. However, what those people don’t realize
is that it is not just the children — it’s pretty much anyone who regularly uses the
internet or mobile devices. The way the internet works today is like a
bright, shiny slot machine that gives you a dopamine high every time you pull that lever
no matter what. People go to the internet looking for that
instant satisfaction — whether it is a like on their Facebook status, or that next tidbit
of information. People are also able to instantly order almost
anything, and if they are willing to pay enough, they can get it in less than 24 hours. They can watch, listen to, or download almost
any file imaginable, and there is no need to wait or even leave your room — or whatever
location you’re currently in. While many people praise the amazing convenience
of the modern world, some worry that there are unseen negative consequences. While some will defend the ‘now’ culture
by stating that we are simply living in a faster paced and more connected modern world,
the truth is that studies have shown that not only do people of today tend to have less
sense of delayed gratification, but that this is actually detrimental in quantifiable terms. To put it fairly simply, researchers who study
internet addiction have found that the individuals with the ailment require constant gratification
and find it much harder to plan long term. The internet may be incredibly convenient
and make a lot of things very easy for us, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing
in all ways. 7. Basic Geography Skills Are Abandoned More
And More As GPS And Other Devices Take Their Place Not that many years in the past, people were
expected to know their North, South, East and West pretty well, without even using a
compass. Most people were taught growing up how to
use various tricks to figure these things out, but today, unless a kid is specifically
in a group like the Boy Scouts, they won’t have much clue how to do these things upon
reaching adulthood. This is, of course, because of the rise of
devices like the GPS. People are abandoning learning skills like
basic geography because now machines can handle that task for them just fine. It’s kind of like how the rise of calculators
has made people worse at math, in general. While this may seem harmless, the consequence
is that as humans we become more and more dependent on machines, and we forget how to
do important things without them. Apart from the more probable chance of our
devices running out of power while we are in a situation where we need to know basic
navigation, there is also the possibility that positioning satellites may not always
be working properly. The exponential threat of space junk could
have a landslide effect that could wipe out hoards of satellites if the world doesn’t
quickly find a solution, so we may not always have that to rely on. Many people also don’t realize that the
maps that GPS systems use are often out of date, which means you may end up on a complete
loop, or trying to continually follow a nonsensical route because the road was rebuilt and the
map was not. In that situation, you will need to know how
to interpret road signs and use basic geographical knowledge to get back on track and find your
way to your destination. 6. Sedentary Lifestyles And Microevolution Toward
Such Could Be Calamitous In The Face Of Real Disaster It’s no secret that people around the world,
and residents of the United States in particular, are suffering a serious weight, and public
health crisis in general. It’s not just that people are eating more
and more, or that they are eating the wrong foods; it is also that people are exercising
less and less. Humans were once way more active creatures,
and in a very short time span we have become incredibly sedentary creatures. Many people get up, walk around the house
for a bit to get ready for work. They go to their car and sit down while they
drive to work, then they sit at their desk most of the day. They sit in the car on the way home and spend
most of the day when they get home sitting, because they are mentally exhausted after
work. The point of this is not to criticize the
average person, but rather to point out that many people simply have little time or need
in their day anymore for any rigorous physical activity. The increasingly fast paced world we live
in has also caused people to take increasing shortcuts when it comes to meal preparation,
including simply skipping prep and eating out, which has also contributed to the problem. While some scientists speculate that we will
evolve over time to function better while spending most of the day slumped over electronic
devices, this could turn out to be a very bad thing, if we even manage to evolve that
far to begin with. If we evolve to mostly live in tandem with
electronics and then we lose most of them for any particular reason, many people would
then find survival very difficult. The more reliant we are on artificial means,
the more danger we are in if those means ever collapse. While some people worry about artificial intelligence
taking over the world, tech leaders are more worried about us putting too much stock in
a computer system or systems in general, and then watching it crash or malfunction. 5. The Amount Of Skilled Laborers Is Decreasing
Due To Machines And Assembly Line Systems Assembly lines took off in the days of Henry
Ford, when mass production of the automobile began, and since then it has been nothing
but trouble for the skilled laborer. The truth is that while many people credit
Ford with the invention of the automobile, he was building on the ideas of several past
inventors. His true claim to fame was always the assembly
line systems that he designed and perfected for building cars, and it quickly became all
the rage. Manufacturers and businesses saw a way to
hugely cut production costs while outputting tons of product, and before long everyone
was doing it. Many professionals did their best to make
the system incredibly efficient, often at the expense of the workers’ health or sanity. From the very beginning skilled laborers were
complaining, because they rightly realized that if all the skilled components of their
job could be broken up into pieces on a line and then each given to unskilled laborers,
they would be out of a job, or at least lose tons of work. Many of them were forced to take work on an
assembly line doing small bits of drudge work, only working on one piece when they could
have made the entire thing themselves. While this has helped the modern age boom
to an absolutely insane expansion throughout the globe, it has cost the world an incredible
amount of skilled laborers overall. More and more work is done piecemeal by people
who are only taught to do a small part of the overall product creation. While mass production methods are efficient,
they may hurt humanity as we continue to have less and less people who have full knowledge
of how to build or design the things we most use — some of which are very important not
just for our convenience, but also for our survival. 4. Vitamin-D Deficiency Due To Lack Of Sunlight
Has Become A Huge Problem While many people joke about being “vampires”
today, due to staying up late and then sleeping in during the day, it may not be much of a
joking matter. And, to make matters worse, it affects way
more than just those people who tend to burn the midnight oil. The problem is that the average person in
today’s modern world, whether they get up in the morning or the afternoon, spends very
little time truly outside exposed to actual sunlight. People get an insane amount of artificial
light every day, while indoors, and even while outdoors, and this light pollution can be
very detrimental to our health. However, actual exposure to real sunlight
is very limited for most people, and when they go to the beach, people often fearfully
lather on sunscreen and once again fail to obtain any Vitamin-D. Of course, sunscreen
should be used in certain situations to avoid actual skin damage, but some people apply
such a strong sunscreen that they not only block any damage, they also avoid getting
any of the potential health benefits of sunlight exposure. Having a deficiency in Vitamin-D is obviously
not good for your health, and it has become an increasingly huge problem to the point
it’s practically an epidemic. Researchers have discovered that the vast
majority of children today are deficient in Vitamin-D, something that could become an
increasing problem for each new generation. Children of today need to either take supplements
or ideally, go outside more often and get actual sunshine. 3. Our Current Mass Production Systems Waste
An Absolutely Insane Amount Of Food Worldwide, the amount of food that is thrown
away uneaten and totally unused is absolutely staggering. The numbers themselves are hard to estimate
because many countries report their numbers differently, or don’t do so at all, but
the best estimates suggest that if all the wasted food that is thrown away could actually
be properly distributed, world hunger would not be an issue at all — we would have no
trouble feeding everyone. The problem is that like many things in our
modern world, in order to feed millions of people across huge swaths of land, with an
incredible sense of urgency, we have built a very assembly line system for the issue. This system is in many ways efficient in that
we are able to get fresh food shipped across continents and feed millions of people, thousands
of miles away, but in other ways it is almost criminally inefficient. An incredible amount of food is thrown away
in Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world simply because it does not look
nice enough. These are fruits that do not have actual issues
beyond anything cosmetic, such as being too curvy, or not being red enough, or being too
lumpy. Truckloads and truckloads of perfectly good
food are grown and thrown away every year for this reason. The farmers do not even try to sell them,
because the grocery stores feel that customers will want the more consistent, beautiful looking
food. For this reason, absolutely massive quantities
are thrown straight in the trash heap. This isn’t even counting the amount of food
that food based businesses waste on a daily, weekly and yearly basis, or the waste from
the combined individuals of the world. Perhaps if we did not waste food so shockingly,
there would be no world hunger. 2. We Are Forced To Multitask In Today’s World
And It Is Really Bad For Us In today’s word, we are constantly expected
to split our attention. While we are talking to people in person,
we always have our phones, which constantly beep at us with notification after notification. People today will halfheartedly interrupt
themselves to look at their phone while continuing to talk to others, and those in the group
will act as if this is completely normal and often do the same themselves. This constant tendency to be interrupted by
cell phones has caused a huge upsurge in distracted driving to the point that many experts are
now worried that distracted driving may be a bigger threat than drunk driving. Interruptions are constant and the internet
itself is designed to pull our attention all over the place and then back to where we were
again. Many sites will have articles with not just
a few links for source information, but dozens of links interspersed throughout brightly
highlighting colors on almost every other word (…yeah, we get the irony in us pointing
this out). We are almost expected to jump all over the
place without any rhyme or reason. While some people may boast how good they
are at multitasking, the truth is that researchers have found that whether forced or practiced,
multitasking is really bad for your brain. It makes it hard for you to focus properly,
and it hurts all tasks you are trying to do at the same time. Multitasking also doesn’t really exist — at
least not the way most people think it does. The reason why it is so bad for your brain
is because you can only perform one kind of task at a time, so when multitasking, your
brain is actually just jumping back and forth from each task to the other really fast. This stresses you out and makes it hard for
you to do anything properly. 1. Our Narcissistic Obsession With Taking Selfies
Now Causes More Deaths A Year Than Shark Attacks As the latest evolution of the internet exploded
in popularity with sites like Facebook and BuzzFeed, and the viral video or news story
became a huge thing, we saw another, more irritating trend emerge. Before long, people were taking “selfies”
— photos that they took of themselves, usually using a mobile device of some sort, and usually
of the upper half of themselves staring vaguely into the camera. At first most people actually made fun of
selfies and the culture around them. Those that took a lot of them were mocked
for needing attention or gratification from others, and many people found the idea that
you can’t find someone to take the picture for you to be kind of pathetic. However, despite the mockery, the popularity
of taking selfies continued to rise, and before long they became an increasingly normal part
of modern life. Companies now unironically sell “selfie
sticks,” which are devices designed to help you hold out the camera while taking a “selfie.” While some people who don’t enjoy their
popularity may just consider them a harmless nuisance, selfies are actually becoming an
increasingly deadly fad. People in recent years have been taking selfies
in stranger places and more dangerous situations in order to get a really cool picture, and
it can have less than desirable results. In many cases using these selfie sticks to
take pictures near dangerous animals, or near cliffs or high up on tall buildings, have
led people to be mauled, or fall to a grisly deaths. While it isn’t exactly epidemic levels,
enough people died from taking selfies last year that selfies have now edged out shark
attacks in yearly deaths. It is a sad reflection on society that so
many people are more concerned with getting the perfect shot of their own glorious visage
than they are of their own personal safety.

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  • I went to a Bible-Thumper breakfast restaurant in South Carolina once, and the owner liked to put out actual food on the hostess's counter to display the daily special. The bigoted Christian merchandise covering multiple walls in a restaurant was bad enough, but the waste of food just to show every day's specials disgusted me, especially with it being 3 full plates of food.

  • Don't say anything against death by selfies, it's called natural selection and survival of the fittest. These genes should get lost.

  • I'm happy that I implemented the rule in my company that forbids the use of mobile phones at noon. They actually have to talk to me and they're colleges about they're lives. I noticed that they're social skills increase a lot at work, and even in they're private lives. They even start finding people using they're phones all the time irritating.

  • Well, despite the push for modernization there is a growing number of people wanting a "simpler" life. More and more people are getting interested in homesteading which is pretty much just mini farms, semi self reliant. It's something I plan to do in a few years when I'm able to afford moving. For now I'm actively learning old school basics regarding gardening (I've basic knowledge but not much practice beyond just planting and just waiting to harvest, not actually working to up yields or anything) and by time of harvests I'll be learning how to can hopefully. I'm going to try and learn a lot of semi forgotten basics as I save to buy some land.

  • I've been saying for years that the future will call this time the 'Technological Dark Age'. Its greed, (thank you Trump) – I used to work for a bagel shop and would take the unused bagels, usually a couple garbage bags full, to places and give them away… well, they stopped me quick on that, and made us throw the garbage bags full of bagels away everyday, just out of sheer greed and spite, thinking that these poor people that I was giving the bagels away to were going to not purchase them because I gave them away free? That really made me mad, the ignorance and greed is just staggering…

  • GPS is great for looking for concert venues in cities I have never visited, but if I know where I am going, the compass is way better.

  • All this is well researched except that you had the men's rights movement graphic while you talked about extremists and hate groups. The incel movement taught everything those guys needed to know, not the full men's rights movement. Incels and other small select groups from the full movement are definitely filled with hateful people.
    This also happens on the extreme liberal side where they're not talking about the bigger issues in society but things like "air conditioners are sexist" and about Trump definitely has all the power to round people up into concentration camps without any oversight what so ever (and how they have to kill in order to stop this thing that now, in their mind, is absolutely, positively going to happen and currently happening).

  • Kind of funny how the notification for this video interrupted a conversation I was just having. I'm not complaining, just a point.

  • In the 19th centure, Edward Gibbons said that the golden age of Rome was the most prosperous and advanced age ever… then the 50s happened.. I think it is objective to say we currently live in the most advanced age judging by life expectancy and literacy rates….

  • Selfie sticks are banned in Disney theme parks, the mandatory bag check weds em out. I have taken maybe 4 selfies since getting my phone, just to give a few ppl a face to go w an ID symbol on FB or mail, my phone is just a tool, just like my Swiss army knife, just w more stuff and it has comm options. Net access, hmmm gives me instant access to educational YT chs like one w a Brit chap in Prague, looks kinda like you !!

  • With all this information available you would think people would be smarter. Well this not true. The proof is the flat earth/anti-vaxxers. The information is out there but stupid people don't question it or accept the exceptional information as truth. The guy who can't see the curve of the Earth so the Earth is flat or the woman who will vaccinate her dog for parvo but not her child for measles will find some website that validates their position. And some sites will gladly validate their position for money. And you know that if you pay for information it must be true. Check out my latest book "The Truth They Don't Want You To Know About Vaccines Around the Globe" only $29.95 plus shipping and taxes.

  • Taking selfies is bad but talking alone in front of a camera/smartphone is ok? I know some psychiatrist that would say different. The truth is that we are trying to do our best to exercise the right to exercise our freedom of speech and that should not be a question of opinions.

  • The modern system is designed to transfer the power, wealth and resources of the people to the elites.

  • I work at night so I almost never see the sun. Surprisingly I am not vitamin D deficiant. Maybe it's all the artificial light?

  • It's quite unlikely that the GPS satellites will get "Kesslered" as they're in a fairly high orbit (around 9 000 miles I think). There isn't a lot up there. But knowing how to read a map is, imho, an essential skill everyone should learn.

  • easy solve problem about some of the total information we have. we don't NEED all of it, take the stuff that's important and print it on some kind of plastic page (like the stuff they make canadian bills with?). define things we actually need on that.

    for instance(sorry history buffs): do we need to know the whole evolution of planes, should we need to rebuild them? no. we need to know why it works, and schematics for planes that succeed.

    of (again, sorry history buffs): do we need to know who the pioneers of computer electronics were? no, we may need to re-build computers and communications devices, which means we need to know how to make necessary circuits, wire, parts and protocols.

    historical information should we need to rebuild a world and survive new climates seems to be about the least useful part of information we need, and can drastically shorten the amount of information that would be required to flourish yet again. we don't need to know about world war 2, say. we need to know how to find and create a stave for a bow, and shafts for arrows, and measurements for fletching, so we can hunt a deer.

    copy actually useful information to a nearly indestructible medium, let the rest burn if that's what happens. when rebuilding society, we don't care what benjamin franklin did, just how to recreate the results.

  • Great video and all valid points made. I love the internet and technology. But to mention something i noticed some time ago. People today cannot add up or extract figures without using some device. In ending, hate selfies.

  • The first selfie was taken in 1839, and also quite popular in the 1920's. So snowflakes, it has all been done before.
    The internet is great, with sites like YouTube etc., but has also brought with it idiots called 'influencers' as well.

  • Image is everything in our now image based society perhaps the youngsters should ask their parents why they are shaking their heads instead of writing them off as old and stupid ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Uhm, Simon? Shark attacks are pretty rare for most people around the world. That's not a big deal, and you know it. Bad form!

  • 9:23 Eat a vitamin daily and use 6500k lightbulbs (=artificial sunlight), problem solved. I've been doing that for 15+ years while living in what amounts to a hole in the ground 99% of the time, not dead from it yet.

  • At first I was like pshhh I'm not controlled by my phone and then he starts talking about multitasking being bad for your brain and I realized that I missed all the reasons why because I was filling out a quiz for some shampoo and texting my dad while telling my boyfriend about how my dad says awesome sauce……

  • noooo, I've never said we live in the best time in history, I said we live in the most modern moment in history, which will always be true; even if we lost every last shred of modern knowledge, That would just mean the most modern moment has become more primitive

  • People have always made cynical claims about every new technology that has come along. People even said many similarly cynical statements when books became popularised and feared many of the same repercussions. Such as… people would no longer leave their houses and go outside and become addicted to reading and lose the ability to learn things for themselves.

    A question for tech-phobes and cynics to consider; when exactly would you have like science and technology to have halted? Learning to make fire? The invention of the wheel? Cars and Trains? The telegraph? Electricity? The home phone? The TV? And what exactly are you doing here?

  • That is so true about people going to lose her sense of direction because of GPS 90% of millennials don't know how to read a road map I do keep road maps along with my GPS system so it's a GPS fails I can use a map I remember some YouTubers who works Urban explorers got lost because her cell phone went into a dark area and I was thinking why don't you just pull over to a gas station and buy a map and ask directions but I didn't dawn on them to do that cuz he probably didn't know how to read a map have a great day

  • Yes it is hurt to skilled labor on assembly lines and automation but Henry Ford's assembly line for the model t brought the car well within means of lower middle-class families another words the car was no longer a rich man's toy

  • I can believe that selfee cause more deaths then shark attacks and that's saying something cuz shark attacks have been on a steep rise since the mid-2000s

  • @5:30 … Too late for THAT guy … The Interwebz screwed him up so badly his BRAIN has turned BACKWARD inside his HEAD!!

  • Micro laser etching in manufactured crystals is the most stable medium for data which doesn't require an electronic medium to read… you may need a microscope to read them though…

  • Yep no 1 is a thing. I just read an article about a women climbing into a lions enclosure to dance for an insta video. How freaking dumb are people?

  • Selfie deaths are nature's way of controlling the narcissist population.

    Like lemmings on the seashore………. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • I too am older than dirt and have seen the amazing technological
    changes and I think every type of historical data should be stored with
    it's machine to read it and a power source to run it. Like time capsules.
    Then, someday, school age kids will see it in museums… and laugh.

  • I'm a survivalist/prepper, and personally would love some kind of disaster to pop off. A majority of people have become sooo dependent on technology that they'd be dead in less than a month without it. "The heard" could use alil thinning anyways.

  • This reminded me of my first year in college. A friend of mine had a professor who gave a pop quiz, it was worth enough points that, if passed, would've bumped you up a full grade level. All you had to do was list the states that bordered ours. My friend failed, along with the majority of the class. It was a math class and they complained the question was too hard.

  • In 196x and 197x scientists were pondering why there are no any signals from life on other stars. It looked obvious that we are most likely ordinary civilization surrounded by many other like us.

    One scenario was "nirvana" – once certain level of technologies is reached – intelligent life does not have any reason to evolve further.

    Looking on "zombies" (mobile phone addicts) on streets I see that other scenarios like annihilating themselves in nuclear wars are actually very unlikely…

  • Funny how we still have access to information recorded thousands of years ago on basic things like rocks and wood.

  • A camera on a phone is one of the worst inventions ever.
    Instead of photos being an art form they are now used for pictures of food that someone is eating or their pet doing a mundane trick.

    How sad for true pioneers of an of art.

  • I'm amazed that Voice Control (of anything) wasn't mentioned! VC is a direct attack on literacy. It's true that without electricity, or the right kit, everything dating from the last 50 years would be unintelligible. Without LITERACY, everything from now to the beginning of recorded time would be unintelligible.

  • the only people I've ever met who can understand when I say things like, 'it's on the south end of the west wall' were in the military.

  • Do not take a selfie as a shark is approaching you. That might mess up statistics. Would they have to group you with the selfie deaths or the shark deaths?

  • #10: As long as the information required to build the equipment to retrieve the information on electronic media is readable, the problem is resolvable .

  • How does one become a cited "archivist" or a "data storage expert"? Where is the source that documents their extreme worry?

  • When you got people walking through parking lot looking at cellphone and driving through parking lot looking at cellphone is recipe for disaster.

  • The selfie is nothing new. Dont u remember the older cameras, where u could set a time delay so u could run and get in position so the camera could take a picture of you.

  • Not all of these problems are independent. Some of them can be caused by others. I have stopped riding my bicycle to work (and pretty much, on any road) due to the rise of distracted driving. As a consequence, I don't get as much sunlight (or vitamin D).

  • How about the poor kid taking an order, making change, and punching in the information to the computer. For three people at a time. No way in hell could I do that or do I want to.

  • I hate the glut of selfies and photographing every single thing one does and posting about it somewhere , it's a self- serving narcissistic f*ck*ng menace.

  • I'm a only child and took pictures of myself all the time growing up because I was alone alot, I cannot stand the " selfie fad "…

  • All my nightmares in one video ๐Ÿ˜‚ I had to teach a young co worker how to read a regular street map last month ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

  • Conclusion:

    Back in the days people suffered from worn-out bones, joints and bad hygiene.
    Nowadays people suffer from RSI, overweight and arrogance.