The High Speed of Information
The speed in which we get our information today has changed our lives forever. I was watching a movie from the late 70’s or early 80’s with my twenty year old daughter the other night, it was a thriller. There was a murderer on the loose and one of his victims got away. Unfortunately they were in a cabin out in the woods and the murderer had ‘cut the phone line”. My daughter laughed and wondered why they wouldn’t just use their smartphone. Was there no reception?
I had to remind her that there were no cell phones back then ( way back in the day). She really had to wonder how people dealt with that back then. What happened in the old days? I told her that the cell phone ( and the Internet) has changed the way history is made and our lifestyles in more ways than she would every realize, since she grew up with both for most of her life.
We are so accustomed to instant feedback, instant information, instant responses and access to communicating with just about anyone anywhere. Libraries, long distance calls and having to wait for answers are a thing of the past for the most part.
Maybe that’s why everyone is so much less patient it seems these days. Every thing is “now”… and quick. In lines at the store scanning our groceries, paying by plastic card with swipe, packing 2 things to each plastic bag and driving the cart to the car asap.
Even texts can’t wait? A friend of mine texted me the other day, and when I didn’t respond quick enough the follow-up text was ” are you okay?” Nice enough to ask but really.. I was just busy. Maybe that is the ultimate issue with driving and texting. Everyone is looking for an immediate answer? I always thought it was the advantage of text vs. voice calls. No hurry, just texting…. but that doesn’t seem to always apply.
So the idea that the answer could be “wait I will have to think about it” may seem a bit put-offish. But that may have been the good thing about what was “the good old days”- the pause for thought before answering . Seems like those immediate answers could provide immediate satisfaction, but can also mean immediate damage.
Pause here for some thought on the matter. 🙂
So the bad guys in the movies these days? … gotta watch out. The world will know you are coming in one tweet, text and post on the Internet.