I Dare You

I Dare You

Today, everything is impacted by the mobile phone. The phone is our link to friends, families, and corporations. Not only do we not need to memorize phone numbers anymore, which in the case of an emergency can be dangerous, we also are able to contact anyone in the blink of an eye. This rapidness has changed human behavior in the way that people are no longer patient. Gone are the days when you had to wait for someone to get off the line to use the phone or waiting for someone to return home so they could answer their landline and in comes the new wave of connection. The idea that people have their mobile phones on their person always means that they can be reached and should respond quickly. When a person is not quick enough, patience gets tested.

Since there is an endless supply of options for communicating across the internet, or across social media platforms, this has led to a decrease in length of time people are able to concentrate, leading to short attention spans. One clip, entitled, “I Dare You to Watch This Entire Video,” presented by CollegeHumor challenges viewers to sit through the 3:05 minute clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edx9D2yaOGs). This can be challenging to some because of the desire to multitask, people often will listen to music, have a television show going on in the background, check and respond to text messages, and try to complete a homework assignment at the same time. The dare in the CollegeHumor clip encourages people to not open another tab, to not respond or look at their phone, but instead, to keep focused on the man talking in the clip. The man lists the effects that this can cause for people watching, such as “becoming bored…begging for a morsel of distraction from the internet,” which is the aspect of multitasking that has become part of society. He also tells viewers that they are scared because it has “been so long since you’ve tried to focus like this that you don’t know if you can do it anymore”. This aspect of human behavior, attention span has decreased dramatically since the past. In the past, people would have to sit down to pen a letter to a friend, which would take time to draft the letter. Then, it’s possible the ink would have to dry before folding it up and then there is the aspect of walking to the post office for them to deliver it. This is something that would take a lot of time and patience to sit down with only a pen and paper. Today, this video points out something that is becoming popular, the idea of being able to text someone, watch a show, and do homework at the same time.


So now, I dare you, follow this link to watch the CollegeHumor clip, I promise you will be better for it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edx9D2yaOGs).


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