Your IQ is only a fraction of your worth. Are you passionately curious with an affinity to learn?

by Alireza Attari

This time period is different. In the ’90s we rode bikes to, and knocked on neighbors doors to see if they could come spend all day in the summer heat laughing and making games out of balls and sticks to occupy another day in the sun. In the early 2000s we were downloading music illegally through Napster and no longer needed to worry about if anyone was on the phone line so an internet connection would be possible.

It’s almost 2020 and now we use the internet for everything. We don’t download anything because everything is up in the cloud summoned to us as we require. We no longer get emails from our long lost cousin in Africa who has 12 Million dollars for us. We no longer give our passwords up to “website authorities” who require prompt fixing of our accounts. We’ve learned so much. We’ve come such a long way.

This isn’t about the internet though — it’s about the amount of information at our fingertips that we are required to filter through 1000x faster than we had to in the ’90s. This is an information age. Knowledge is everywhere and it has made the work force that much more competitive. If you haven’t navigated through the smallest portion of information that’s been put out to the masses, you’re miles behind someone else that has been navigating the information super highway learning everything from how computer chips work to fixing a kitchen sink.

We also have acquired new problems as a result of our amazing technological advances. Social Media for instance — a platform idea originally designed to bring people together has also become one of the largest contributors in jealousy in relationships and the prime suspect in time robbery. With new advancements in our societal trends there is also often an accompaniment of “negative baggage”.

The importance in the way that we process information is widely known to correspond to our intellectual quotient, better known as our IQ. You’re IQ has a direct ability to affect real world outcomes (ie: a job, friendship interactions, ability to decipher meaning) in the choices you make as a person. IQ tests attempt to predict your performance managing complexity. The measure of intelligence is important but there is a deeper category which relates further unto that intelligence — curiosity.

by Jonas Verstuyft

The curiosity quotient (CQ) refers to one’s affinity for learning. It applies to the person who can’t stop absorbing knowledge whether it be general or specific. More importantly this idea will continue to be researched for years to come as we continue through the information age, or the more true, “age of complexity”. There is knowledge to be absorbed in every magazine article, internet article, or even a post on instagram. The real question is are you aware of the learning factors involved while you are gandering the internet or are you just absorbing the flashy colors of photos?

Below is a graph representing the number of phones Apple has sold over the last 6 years. Notice the slowing of growth and understand why this is important. Sales are decreasing or maintaining stable as the vast majority of people now own smart phones. Your mother and grandparents are now likely fully connected through a smartphone in which they are able to browse the internet super highway or simply send you kiss emojis through.

Conversely the graph below represents the forecasts from various data inputs by Cisco Systems of projected growth in data traffic via mobile. I’ve found this metric most relevant as our phones will become our complete on the go reference resource in the future. We currently are dependent for it’s GPS ability, movie times, train times, or answers to questions we don’t know the answers to while sitting around the bar with our friends. It is also important to note that video is a major culprit in bandwidth usage on mobile — but that doesn’t only contribute to recreational video browsing as how-to and help videos contribute to many of youtube’s streams.

Readily accessible information is making it easier for the intellectually curious to leap bounds in front of those who don’t place highly on the “CQ” personality scale. As the world wide web becomes larger with more documents creating easy learning opportunities ready for absorption it may be time to teach yourself to become curious or find yourself constantly behind in your workplace/life competition.

Similar to my generation replacing the worlds 50–70 somethings who don’t understand how to use Word or Spreadsheet programs, the next generation of kids will already be programed to absorb many times information than we currently have available. They will already know how to code and build websites/software from the ground up…. and I don’t think that anyone is even paying attention to that yet.