During my University years, I took a Psychology of language course and the professor had us read was a chapter that discussed the experiment that demonstrated that as infants we can hear a complete range of vocal sounds but if a vocal sound was not heard by a certain age, then that part of the brain would not developed and the sound would be forgotten to the point that you might never really be able to hear it again. In human to human interaction this can be seen in the case of a native speaker of a language being able to identify someone who is not, or why we make fun of accents. An argument was made that even when an individual loses their accent it is a cause of them judging people’s reaction and learning as opposed to them innately knowing.
Today, we are seeing a similar effect with how society interacts with technology, which is essentially a new language. With the evolution of technology developing exponentially and a level of innovation surpassing anything in history, every generation has to initially adapt to new technologies at different ages, causing never before seen societal gaps.
As we truly begin to understand the effects caused by this societal technological digital world, the way we work, the way we plan cities, the laws and regulations needed to keep us safe, free, and private will all need to adapt to ensure that we collectively live joyful and healthy lives.