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Younger workers (18-50) eager for Internet-linked brain implants – really?

by on November 6, 2014

Something of an irrestible headline. What on earth might this be about? Well, it seems that a survey by Cisco Systems asked workers about what they would be prepared to undertake in the interests of being connected to the internet. This was part of their Connected World Technology survey.

This involved asking ‘388 Gen Y professionals (age 18 – 30), 1,524 Gen X professionals (age 31 – 50) and 827 HR professionals’ (age unspecified) to complete an online survey between January 22 and March 17, 2014. These are their descriptions of the participants not mine, readers will know our views about generational labels!

Apparently, more than 4 in 10 of the Gen X and Gen Y professionals considered themselves “supertaskers,” claiming to be able to do more than two things at once well, and more than half of them said they were available for work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Rather unbelievably (to me), many of them would apparently even consider undergoing surgery to stay linked to the Internet. “Assuming a company invented a brain implant that made the World Wide Web instantly accessible to their thoughts, roughly one quarter would move forward with the operation,” the study found, with 26% of Gen Y professionals and 21% of the Gen Xers saying this. This, incidentally, was reported as a generational difference.

The headlines are reported in this article on the Silicon Beat website but the full survey report is available via this link.

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