The “Walking Dead” Are Real by Gerald Celente
The ongoing explosion of advanced virtual-reality technology has a strong foundation to build on — a culture, a world, especially among millennials and those even younger, primed to become fully addicted to unreality.
The smartphone and all its comparable cousins, not even a decade old, are the source of numerous studies confirming a generation increasingly addicted to their devices.
Scores of studies around the globe are building consensus that digital addiction is real, growing — and wrought with physical and psychological effects.
As studies now confirm, the energy individuals put into operating their devices while attending events, for example, becomes the experience — instead of the actual experience itself.
Less than a decade ago, it was unimaginable that it would be normal to attend a concert, play, sporting event or family gathering and experience it by recording it on our devices, watching it later and sharing it with others.
All while missing the actual sensory experience.
Nor was it anticipated that populations would aimlessly navigate sidewalks with heads bowed, pecking away at their handheld devices, utterly oblivious to their surroundings.
Or, that many of those same people would identify their smartphone as the “most important thing in their life,” as concluded by Mark Griffith, a professor of gambling studies at Nottingham Trent University.
Before iPads, smartphones and related technology became affordable and mainstream, there were virtually no studies that examined how use of these devices would alter the human experience.
There was no way to accurately anticipate how chronic smartphone (and other digital gadgetry) use would lead to addictive behaviors that would come at the cost of actual human engagement.
Only now is research catching up to the societal, psychological and emotional effects of digital addiction.
This technological revolution is not a generation old, yet the unprecedented speed at which technological advances make it to market challenges researchers to gauge and anticipate its impact.