Our society as it now is unprecedented in human history. Never have there been SO MUCH information/stimuli to process, never have been so many people surrounding us (not so bad in urban areas, but pretty bad in cities and developed areas). Never have we been able to control our illnesses and outbreaks and plagues which would otherwise decimate our species until very recently.
All of these stressors ARE having an effect on us as a species (mentally and physically, as we use technology to replace memorization, physical strength, and mitigate our environment with air conditioning, lol), and I wonder if we're not currently seeing a humanity that is in the stages of adapting to this environment, instead of having to 'de-stress' by sleeping in pitch black rooms and doing meditation to still the mind.
Has there been any research done on this subject?