Patience is not my strong suit. I think it’s part and parcel of my impulsive behavior and my mental health struggles. I know for myself, patiently waiting for people to get back to me can be a frustrating experience, as can waiting for things to happen at the appropriate time.
I also think that our society is decreasing patience for everyone, though those with mental health issues can be more susceptible. Let’s face it, in this day and age communication, information, and entertainment can all be accessed at the touch of a couple clicks of the mouse.
I have a movie library of over 30 separate video’s that I can access with my phone. My song list is over 1000 songs, and those are just the ones I have downloaded. I have probably triple that on my computer. With Google, we have the world’s knowledge at our finger tips.
I was in a local Walmart recently, and when I went in I decided that instead of being super focused on what I was going in to get and getting out again, I decided I was going to use it as a mindful experience, so I walked in, and I watched.
What I saw was fascinating. People walking around all over the store, with their phones in hand staring at their screens. Granted some may have been checking lists, or texting with their significant others or other important people in their life, but it makes one wonder how many were cruising Facebook or other similar social media.
I don’t know. I can’t answer that question. However I do find it interesting that as a society we have gotten this addicted to tech. I know I can’t say much. I’m usually found randomly cruising Facebook on my cell during the evening while I am watching TV with my wife.
All of this brings me back to my first point. With everything at our fingertips, we are losing our ability to do something as simple as waiting. Waiting in line. Waiting for a doctor’s appointment. Waiting for someone to e-mail you back. With this lack of patience to wait, our society is changing. Consumer debt is increasing at a rapid rate because those “would be nice” items are turning into “must have now items.” It’s never been easier to whip out the credit card and pay for items from the security of your own home. A few clicks of the mouse, and that “must have” item is on it’s way to you. Pay a little extra, and it can even be delivered overnight. unless it’s a digital item, which you can download instantly, as soon as you hit the pay button.
I’m not saying that there isn’t a place for technology. There definitely is. Internet purchasing helps many people who can’t get out of their homes. Knowing what is going on in the world around me helps me with my job as a reporter. There is definitely a place for information and commerce online.
However people must be aware of the consequences of the immediacy of things in the world around. Trump has turned “Fake News” into a running joke, and is often found tweeting things that I’m sure make his handlers cringe at, none of which can be verified. Our Own Prime Minister, who I am not a fan of, never misses an opportunity for a selfie, and he makes statements that regularly come back to haunt him, due to social media. Some of the information posted on “reputable” sites comes crashing down as soon some fact checking is done, the unreputable sites are even worse (I’m looking at you TMZ).
I guess the point of all this is this. Take some time out. Unplug. Enjoy the company of those around you. I challenge everyone to reconnect with their loved ones and start talking again, instead of just communicating 140 characters at a time.