Wednesday, December 1, 2010

S2:E9 Instant Gratification

Recap: Why are we so impatient?
In the past, people knew how to wait. In the present, people are overcome by a sense of urgency even when it comes to such simple matters that it becomes mind-blowing and even irreverent. Last night, the show attempted to address a pressing issue: the currently diminishing amount of human interaction we experience. In the past people actually took the time to write a letter when they had a question or something needed to be resolved at such speed that it could not wait until the people involved saw each other. Do you kids see the difference here?! I definitely do! Whatever happened to actually going out of our way to seeing someone or making plans to have lunch together instead of seeing them online. Should we start on emails and text messages? Emails almost completely destroyed snail mail, which I do admit takes quite a long time though definitely not as long as it used. It has improved. It used to take months to send a letter, now it takes a couple of days for the missive to reach its destination. But emails, of course, shorten that time to mere minutes if not seconds. Responses are not as quick since people usually have "things" to do such that they are occupied, but they certainly find the time to check an email and type a quick response. Snail mail has become more personal. It is now reserved for those people who are a bit more important to us, people who deserve the time it takes to write a letter by hand and properly address the envelop to.
Shall we proceed? Text messages! Oh, the glory of these 160 character messages. We expect responses within seconds or else! The audacity involved in such is ridiculous! Shall we speak about the impersonality of these messages too. We have lost that touch for talking to someone in the effort to acquire a response. We do not longer call people and ask how they are doing before entering into the actual reason of the call. We simply send a message that goes right to the point and solicit the response. Let's retreat a bit, I said the reason of the call so even at that point when we call we do not simply call to ask how someone is doing now there must be a reason behind it! WHAT?! Life has changed!
Why are we so impatient?! It is the cyber life. We do not longer care for actual interactions as long as we obtain what we seek. What have we come to? We ruin surprises because we are impatient!
The cyber world is perhaps the most responsible entity for our lack of human interactions, but not solely responsible. We make the choices that lead us into slowly giving more of our time to our cyber life than to our real life! Yet, there I was in front of my computer talking to the world: a prime example of what I exposed on last night's episode.
Instead of having courses to teach us how to navigate cyberspace, we should institute a requirement to teach children and even adults how to navigate real life and how to engage in actual social interactions that involve more than exchanging phone numbers and mails or the like.
But we digress, the purpose of this was indeed to show how dependant we have become in instant replies to our inquiries, but that was not the only issue at hand. We also discussed how impatient people have become when looking for a job, hence taking on something that does not match their skills. Yes, I am aware the current unemployment rate is rather larger than in other times. But such does not justify the current practices. We also touched upon the impatience that surrounds not the idea but the fact of having an object to channel our affection to. In the past, the chase held its own irrefutable charm whereas in the present it is all about the catch. It is ridiculous!
On a note of enlightenment, remember that what easy comes, easy goes… so be patient.
Here is what you missed.

Coming up next:
Episode Ten (Season Finale):
Life is Meaningless


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1 comment:

  1. Oh, I do, I do miss the snail mail, and I have a big box of letters I received over the last 20 years and still look through them every now and every time they make me smile.


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