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January 9, 2012 at 4:03 PMComments: 4 Faves: 0

What Causes Impatience?

By Dayton from SLN More Blogs by This Author

As my physics teacher once told me, after I was done asking if test results were in, "My generation wanted things now, yours wants it like NOW now!  Calm down!" 

He was totally right. Today we expect things NOW now. The instant we get the idea we want something, we absolutely NEED it or society as a whole will collapse around us! Our computers need to boot faster, YouTube videos need to flipping buffer FASTER, and when I order a taco I want it now! How did we end up in this situation?

According to writer Shala Marks, instant gratification only worsens the problem. Which makes total sense. In her article, she shows how irrational our impatience is. It may have taken us years and years to gain 20 lbs we don't want, but we want to lose it immediately. Completely idiotic thinking. Some things are just not physically possible (then they invent liposuction). So when we are getting our meals prepared in less than 30 seconds, and our emails are being sent to our friends in China in the blink of an eye, we're training ourselves to expect instant gratification in everything. If we don't get it right away, we tend to want to throw a hissy fit. Inventions like the Internet, text messaging, and the Egg McMuffin have made our patience steadily decline. 

So obviously, when we have to wait for something, we get angry and want to throw stuff (obviously!). But what if everything flowed perfectly? What if the computer never froze, there was never a line at Starbucks, and the paint dried before you could even touch it. Would we be happier? That is a definite maybe. On the one hand, everything would be at our fingertips always, but on the other hand, would everything be as satisfactory as if we had to wait our turn for it? Like when you put in a hard days work and accomplished something, you feel good about it! But if everything was 'just add water' might we feel a bit empty? 

So what do you guys think? What causes people to be impatient? And does a world of self gratification equal satisfaction?

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  • I've been waiting for that stupid video to load in the header. What's up with that?

  • Your picture completely had me fooled. lol

  • Hmm, your picture trying to teach us to learn how to wait? lol.

    I definitely agree with this though. I actually get stressed about text messaging. If someone texts me, I feel like I am expected to text back ASAP. Not because people expect me too...because I feel like I should be instantly fast with my responses.

    When I go to work, it's so nice because my phone is either off or on silent and I don't think about text messaging for those whole 8 hours! (well unless I'm on lunch or break ;) )

  • I am impatient because I want to succeed right now; I want to create a legacy right now, life is too short to wait, I cannot waste any seconds. I don't want to look back to my life and thinking that I never did anything to live it fully, so I justify my impatience, especially when I'm in my mid 30's.

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