I went back in time Monday. There wasn’t a Delorian and a flux capacitor involved. No, I tried to turn on a computer here at work and it took about 10 minutes to boot up. Remember those days? You pushed the power button on the huge desktop tower that was the size of a dorm refrigerator…then listened as each individual component started to whine, the internal computer-y parts churning away until the screen finally came to life.
After the computer started it was another trip back in time to use the internet. Every page took 10 minutes to come up. It was maddening and it took every ounce of my self-control to not kick the computer to a violent but satisfying death. But that got me thinking about how we want everything RIGHT NOW.
The internet is lightening fast and when it isn’t, we go NUTS.
We stand in front of the microwave and yell at it to hurry up, even though I have a baking pan that can cook an entire chicken from frozen to done in 15 minutes.
What about when we’re asked to pull ahead to the parking space in the drive-thru lane?? Geez, it’s called a DRIVE-THRU, not stop-and-park-and-wait-while-you-screw-up-my-order-thru.
And don’t even get me started with the lady in the check-out line who whips out her CHECK BOOK at the grocery store, and laboriously writes a check…asking the clerk at least twice what the total is… and carefully rips it out of the check book…then flips the page to fill out the ledger. Ah…the days before the debit card!
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos knows people want the crap they just ordered so quickly that he’s developed a drone helicopter to drop it off just a few hours after the order is placed. Have you seen this thing?? I can think of at least five spinning, sharp reasons why that isn’t a good idea.
I guess what I’m saying is…we all need to slow down a little bit. Except when it’s 4 o’clock in the morning and I’m under a deadline and the computer is straight out of 1980. Then kicking the crap out of it is the only way to go.