Spark News has talked a lot about how the internet is affecting us as a whole. For one, many believe that Google is replacing our brains…eek!! In another way, the digital world is taking away from our productivity levels. As if these weren’t enough to send your mind reeling, it is now being suggested that the digital world is slowly scraping away at our creativity.
Google may take my memory, but I will not allow it to take my creativity! Or will I? According to this infographic posted by Mashable, 80 percent of people believe that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth. However at the same time, 75 percent of respondents to the survey believe that they are expected to be more productive at work rather than creative. If creativity is so important to our growth, why are we being stifled? Perhaps because productivity yields results that are much more tangible and faster than creativity. Even more disturbing is the fact that only one in four people believe that they are living up to their creative potential.
I can give firsthand testament to those findings. Since the day I started working on the internet every day at work, my personal creativity has fallen. I spend so much of my day on the computer and on the internet, that when I get home my brain seems drained of all creativity. This is unfortunate because I deem myself a very creative individual. However, it is not just the digital world and the internet that is bringing us down. According to the survey, 59 percent of people globally believe that the education systems in their country are stifling their creativity. More specifically, 62 percent of Americans feel this way. This has a large effect on the STEM advancements and interests, or lack there of, we are currently grappling with. Take a look at the graphic for yourself below and see what you think.
Is your creativity being stifled by the internet and digital world? Tell me what you think in the comments or tweet me @nicole_spark.