We were today discussing in our group of old school buddies on the new developing culture of impatience and instant gratification. We all are working in different sectors but had a common view that as younger generations getting accustomed to immediate feedback, the erosion of their patience is leading to serious problems.
The millennials and the youth have the “gotta have it right now” mindset. Growing up with technology has made them dependent on the idea of always being connected. Information, entertainment, and communication are only a click away all day, every day. There is instant feedback from social media because followers can see your photos and status updates immediately. Your cell phone is always in your pocket so the connection is constant and there is no need for patience.
The need for instant gratification has spilled into our personal and professional lives. If you order a pizza for dinner, you can expect the restaurant to deliver that order within a time frame. In certain fields, a lack of patience is fine, but when raising children, teaching others or climbing the professional ladder, there is no way around slow, sometimes excruciating periods of growth.
The important milestones in life don’t happen overnight. Becoming successful in any aspect of life requires patience, persistence, and dedication. All too often, the quick fix is to withdraw from situations that seem difficult or require a considerable amount of effort.
Emma Taubenfeld of Pace University writes, instant gratification doesn’t grant lasting satisfaction; its entire purpose is to substitute the deep pleasure of earned enjoyment with the fleeting pleasure of instant enjoyment.
Not all instant gratification is bad. There’s nothing wrong with wanting or needing things, experiences, or products in a timely manner. It’s important to balance our desires with a realistic sense of timing and patience. By itself, though, instant gratification isn’t a negative thing.
We have the ability to make things happen without having to wait. Social media gives us the instant ability to upload videos, photos, and status updates. We receive instant feedback from our social followers. We respond in near real-time to emails and tweets. In fact, we were chatting today over WhatsApp with each of us located at different places, some even thousands of miles apart.
Gone are the days, when we used to write letters and wait for an indefinite period for the response. Even telegrams, sometimes, took days to reach the addressee.
With shorter attention spans, fewer and fewer people are choosing to read books, magazines, and long articles. Even writing this article, I have consciously decided to keep the paragraphs shorter!
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