Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Slow down world!

I was wasting time on Facebook and clicked a link. I waited for about two seconds and thought "hm, I wonder if it didn't really click". I was on my way to click again and then saw the little hourglass and it struck me what an impatient society we have turned in to.

I remember growing up when we would call someone on the phone. We didn't have answering machines. If they were home, they would pick up; if they were on the phone, we would hear a busy signal; if they weren't home, we would call back.

I don't think my kids even know what a busy signal is.

Things that we have now are completely amazing and we get irritated that they "take so long"! The microwave - what, it takes 5 minutes? Computer - ugh, this page is taking so long to load. Cell phone - someone didn't text me back for 10 whole minutes! I actually get frustrated when I call someone and they don't have voice mail. You mean I have to call them back?

The old saying "The hurrier I go the behinder I get" rings more and more true. Doesn't it feel like that some times? We rush and hurry, fit more into our days, do more at work with computers but work longer hours and spend less time at home with our families. We order take out because it is faster and wonder why our waistlines grow and our wallets shrink.

When did the world start spinning faster?

3 comments:

  1. I do so know what a busy signal is. You forget I'm prematurely old. I know how to use a DOS computer system. Good Gandhi.

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  2. Woo Hoo... You're back!!
    Anyways... this also made me remember our phone attached to the wall with the rotating dial and an EXTREMELY long cord so that mom could do the dishes while chatting. Now I think it's crazy to be limited to one room... I would go crazy. I guess I'd always know where the phone was.

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