Instant Gratification
Emma St. Aubin
estau255@uwsp.edu
We want everything and we want it now.
 
There used to be a day when stores were closed on Sundays; people were forced to rest. Patience existed because everything took time.
If you took a picture, you had to wait for the film to be developed to see the photos. If you needed information, you looked it up in an encyclopedia at the library. If you needed to get in contact with someone, you looked up their phone number, picked up a telephone and hoped that they were home to answer. If they weren’t, you would call back later. If you wanted to listen to a new song, you either hoped it would come on the radio or you would go to the record shop and purchase the album. Instant gratification was non-existent.
 
This world of instant everything takes away the need for patience. We want everything now, now, now. Heck, most people can’t even walk down the sidewalk anymore without a cell phone glued to their ears. Just imagine how unbearably awkward it would be to stand alone in a crowd without texting someone. Who needs to go out or make new friends in classes when you can just text the people you already know? And waiting to talk to someone is unheard of with the ability to text and email.
 
Yes, instant messages and caller ID certainly do make things convenient, but how are we supposed to relax if we are expected to do everything at instant? How are we supposed to retain the useful knowledge when overwhelming loads of useless information are constantly being thrown at us through Facebook and Twitter? How are we supposed to not stress over school and work when we are expected to know everything and anything as it is all virtually provided to us in a click of a button?
 
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, which oftentimes it does, but it’s also the blame of this instant world in which we live. I think the world needs to take a deep breath, stop tailing each other on the highway going 90 mph, and just slow down. Patience is something far and few in this world of instant everything.
 
I dare you to put your cell phone down, to turn on the radio instead of reaching to plug in your iPod, make yourself dinner instead of rushing to the drive-through, and just wait.