Robert McGinley Myers:
With the advent of time-shifted television, we no longer pin days of the week to certain TV programs. With the advent of email, we no longer feel the passing of time between sending a letter and receiving a response. With the advent of digital photography, we no longer have to get our photos to developed. With the advent of Facebook, we no longer have to wait for Christmas cards to see pictures of the people we used to know, and their children.
It's not an original observation, but there is a downside to eliminating all this waiting. I once told a co-worker that whenever I was forced to restart my computer, it always felt like the least productive two minutes of my entire life. It's perhaps inevitable that the more digital technology reduces the time we used to spend waiting for things, the less patient we become.
And if you work from home, like many of us, then you don’t even have commutes to gauge some passing of time. All things considered, sleep cycles, meal times, and weekends are just about all that’s left, and even those routines are in a muddled schedule for many of us that avoid routines.
I for one crave some routine to help the passing of time to be restored. I remember what it felt like — the patterns of thought processes during my childhood — and I miss it. Delayed gratification, developing patience, and seeing fulfillment when all things were due seemed… healthy. My focus was stronger.
I call this timelessness. It’s not a positive mental framework. You lose the awareness of time and you have a significant disconnect with reality. Adults life out their lives with more immaturity, like the children they are inside that haven’t earned their place in society. And their are other problems, to be sure.
For more insight into artificially slowing down and speeding up the passing of time, read Brett McKay’s Be a ‘Time Wizard: How to Slow Down and Speed Up Time’. The article’s title is link bait, but the content is anything but. ∞