, I agree with you on Star Trek, and I've also noticed that I don't read books, because the internet destroyed my attention span.
I looked for an emoji that represented a grim, joyless, acceptance of the new reality, but for some reason it was missing. I think we all suffer from this same symptom. Society has overloaded it's own input channels, and everyone's attention span is very short now.
I used to sit calmly through an hour long symphony on a regular basis, appreciating the nuances of the first chair cellist performance as it seamlessly blended in variations on the theme from a previous movement. Now it feels like an eternity waiting for a gun to reload. I've actually checked my phone for text messages because I got bored while switching magazines.
In case you have not seen what the average 30 something does for fun now, this video below is just a standard recording of one of the most common daily activities worldwide. In example I fight in this particular arena a few dozen times a week, as do over 300 million others. When 10 people with machine guns are closing in on you from different directions, a second seems like an eternity, and your brain just gets used to that pace. When I fry an egg in a frying pan, it now feels like I'm watching the directors cut of Lawrence of Arabia.
I worry about the future. Human brains weren't really built for this, it's just an evolution of companies trying to one up each other, in the form of faster and faster paced action, more content, more dopamine. In 2000, some people broke into my building, and tried to rob us at gunpoint. The police caught them in the act because we had a security system, and the news called the next day. I told them that I was still trying to deal with the panic this had caused amongst my workers, and they told me that tomorrow would be too late to do the interview. That a group of armed men breaking into a business on main street in broad daylight with the intent of robbing and killing the owner (me) would be "old news" 24 hours after it happened. The next day I saw the news, and everyone had forgotten about the attempted murder, and they ran a segment about the return of pumpkin spice latte to a local restaurant. That was 20 years ago.
This clip represents the attention span of the average Gen x person now. No hyperbole here, this is literally one of the most popular activities worldwide today.