Today’s Pattern of Patience

The Smartphone is an answer to our own impatience. Because we’re always using our phones, sitting an extra 45 minutes at a restaurant is no problem.

Yet the smartphone also raises our expectations. We expect everyone and everything to be accessible now or planned for now, not tomorrow.

Smartphone culture is the simultaneous cause of increased impatience with increased distraction. Additionally, all this stimulation decreases our ability to be bored, which is central to reflection and even creativity.

So how does our patience evolve with 24/7, “smart” technology? It doesn’t. The only way to enjoy a proper meal or have a good night’s rest, is to turn it all off.

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