Some points are more valid than others. For example, I don’t share the concern that the ability to look up information on the web robs us of our ability to comprehend or remember things. On the other hand, my attention span has shortened in recent years, due to the always-present distractions offered by mobile computing. But mainly, I think society has not changed much and superficialities that have always been present are just more obvious now. A quote at the end of the article puts it well:
He also pointed out that the “real world” that many social media critics hark back to never really existed. Before everyone travelled on the bus or train with their heads buried in an iPad or a smart phone, they usually just travelled in silence. “We did not see people spontaneously talking to strangers. They were just keeping to themselves,” Kist said.