I'll just offer my perspective based on my experiences in the area of technology. I never really got to see the 'analog' age, things went digital by the time I was in secondary school.
There was a time when in order to write an error free computer program, you had to write it down first, check and recheck it, and then get it puched on a card. Any mistake, and you'd end up repeating the process again, meaning a delay of a few days.
Then came the computer screen and terminals. You wrote the code on the screen, but designed and checked it by hand, because it would take time to run on the mainframe. Again, make a mistake, spend a few hours trying to get the program running again.
Finally, we had instant writing and compiling, but graphics weren't as advanced yet, so most applications looked pretty plain and simple. Also, there was limited speed and memory, so you only kept 'useful' programs in memory.
In the past few years, there's been an influx of 'aid' and 'productivity' software. Design on the PC, write on the PC, do everything via computers. Make as many mistakes as you want, there's always an 'Undo' option somewhere, and doing and redoing only takes a few seconds, minutes at max.
My point being, most of the things we do in life have become instant, pre-processed, pre-packaged and predefined. Everything has templates, everything 'is supposed to just work'. I see the same clip-art, graphics and fonts everywhere, because commercialization usually means standardization.
I've seen myself and many others use short bursts of thinking and acting, and then rethinking and reacting, in comparison to sitting down, taking the time to think 'through'. This message I type allows me to edit it once posted, so I don't really focus as much on spelling and grammar as I would if writing a handwritten note.
What does this mean for the young? They've grown up seeing word processing software doing all the content organization and graphics to present information. Options are available, just need to choose. So when and why should we stop using the keyboard/mouse and pick up a pen? Why would anyone try to come up with something that's entirely a creation from their own mind? Eventually it all just gets fed into the standardization machine!
Edited by proton007, 05 March 2014 - 15:14.