We simply can't imagine what people will be like or do with their time.
Watch YouTube videos, reality TV, sports, listen to canned music, eat fast food... the medium might change (air waves vs. internet), but people won't.
procrastinators' ideas were 28 percent more creative
How do you measure creativity? According to them, how creative were Da Vinci? Bach? The idea that you can measure creativity is silly. Furthermore, I think we can agree that thinking deeply about a problem is more likely to lead to a good solution than not, but procrastinating is not the same thing as actively engaging a subject. This reeks of psycho babble clickbait -- after all, who doesn't want to read that procrastinating is good?
Is higher education vocational training, or is it it how we instill the broad knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for an informed population? Vocational training doesn't belong in universities. Of course, people learn useful skills and develop specialization while in college, but the real end goal for students is to emerge as critical thinkers who then pursue their career of choice. In some cases, that means an advanced degree, and in other cases it means the job market, with on-the-job training.
A major problem is that a lot of people go to college when really they just need job training. They don't care for, and don't receive, the real education that college degrees represent.
We can get stuck in the mindset that there must be a product, library, or code sample, that already does what we want
If you're looking for a pre-existing library, then it wasn't written here, it was written there. This should be called invented there syndrome.
It is much harder to find a job than to keep one.