Everyone seems to be in a rush and technology is designed to encourage it.
It’s no exaggeration to say we live in an age of instant gratification and entitlement expectations. Instant email communication with trivial messages saying nothing fly back and forth. Multitasking seems to mean doing a number of things simultaneously but nothing properly.
Speed, not content, seems to be the important issue. Cars zigzag through traffic and their only purpose seems to be to get ahead of the rest. Early mornings we see people heading for work stop off and grab a newspaper and coffee and muffin which they eat on the fly, zigzagging through traffic.
Multitasking creates more confusion. It’s common to see a woman at the supermarket checkout with a phone in her ear fumbling around in her purse for her credit card or proper change while those waiting behind her fume.
Unscrupulous businesses take advantage of these people by touting products that will save them time, make them slim, fit, wrinkle-free, acne-free or wealthy and contented in only a few minutes a day.
No one wants to take the time to write a proper message; instead, they hit the reply button on their email and add a few thoughtless words to the existing message. Instead of telling you or writing condolences, congratulations, or get well wishes, they find and send a card that rarely is appropriate to the situation.
No doubt someone out there is planning how to make life even easier for these people, if it hasn’t already been done. One email that covers all occasions and situations.
You send it once and that’s the end of it.
The instructions will tell the recipient: at Christmas hit the Xmas button, at Easter the Easter button. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, April Fool’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Hanukkah – it’ll all be covered. The possibilities are endless.
After you’ve sent an all purpose email to all your friends what are you going to do with all your time?
I suspect I’ll still see you driving to work, zigzagging through traffic while trying to eat your muffin and drink your coffee. As well as phoning and fiddling with an electronic gadget while someone is trying to eat or talk to you.
Me? I’m going to buy an old house on few acres beside a small river in the country, toss away my cell phone, cancel the land phone, sit back on the river bank and laugh at the foolishness technology is foisting upon us.
Ron Buffie is a community correspondent for Transcona.