It's fair to say that people these days have much shorter attention spans and a definite inability to retain information - let alone put it to good use.

But that doesn't mean that absolutely everyone is content with dumbing down. One person who certainly isn't is 23-year-old Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski, who's been touted by Harvard - one of the best universities in the world - as 'the next Einstein'.

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Not only that, but Stephen Hawking is a keen follower of her research, citing her in a paper he co-wrote with some other top scientists.

When she was just 14, Pasterski designed and built her own single engine airplane. Not content with that, she also flew it - by herself - across Lake Michigan, making her the youngest person to ever fly their own plane.

Pasterski doesn't own a smart phone or partake in social media of any kind - we're guessing there's probably some correlation between that and her incredible accomplishments/the lack of our own.

Stephen Hawking is a keen follower of her research (Credit: PA)

Her work guaranteed her place at the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology - one of the most prestigious universities in the world - after professors Allen Haggerty and Earl Murman watched it.

She'd applied to MIT after graduating from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 2010, and was initially told she had to wait, but - understandably - her plane project proved she was worthy.

She achieved the highest possible grade point average of 5.0. Now enrolled as a PhD candidate at Harvard, Pasterski has decided she doesn't want to build planes anymore and has instead turned her attention to physics - specifically black holes and the way in which gravity affects space and time.In particular, she's keen to study 'quantum gravity' and attempt to understand the link between gravity within the context of quantum physics.

No wonder Stephen Hawking has a little academic crush on her. She's also impressed Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, who has already offered Pasterski a job.

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (Credit: PA)

Aerospace developer and manufacturer also have her in their sights, and have offered her a role. Did we say she's only 23? We've all been wasting our lives and our time, haven't we?

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