In my last blog post, I eluded to this a bit, but I need to discuss it a little more. Instant Gratification is provided by search engines, such as Google, and our ability to use them from our phones. Because of instant gratification as long as we have cell service we can search for the answer to a question and get almost instant answer and a website that verifies the answer.
It is obvious that instant gratification is amazing in day-to-day life, but how does it affect education?
Possibly the biggest benefit for the student when using a search engine, is instantly finding sources for a paper or other project. A process that used to require going to the local library and spending hours pouring over many books to find a good a reliable source, can now be done in minutes.
It can also help students find homework help finding sites such as mathway.com to help with math, and Wikipedia is always a favorite to get quick answers to just about any question.
However, with all of the resources at our fingertips, the question that has to be asked is, are students really remembering things?
If the answer is yes, then there is problem at all and this really and truly is a good thing. But, if the answer is no, something needs to change. The argument could be made that, if I searched and found it so easily, why should I remember it if I can just look it back up just as easily?
There, in my opinion, is the biggest problem of instant gratification, it is too easy.
So, I guess I have more questions than answers now, because problem, is also the greatest advantage of instant gratification.