Yesterday I was at Forum mall and while waiting for the lift, i was amused to watch a young boy pressing the lift call button impatiently every 5 seconds. Actually it had taken just a minute and a half for the lift to arrive at the floor but he had already pressed it some 15 times.And once we were in the lift he could not keep his hands off the "Door close" button - he wanted the lift to descend straight to the basement without stopping in any floor. He wanted to save those three minutes - too long a time for him.
The speed that we have got used to as a result of all these machines has completely spoilt us - people are always complaining of poor response if it took more than a few seconds between the time they press the send button and the acknowledgement that the message is sent. And we get panicky if a mail does not get a response within the day. Tempers rise at every red light and the instant the light turns green horns start blaring. Now we dont have just 24 hours to do things but 24*60*60 seconds or perhaps subdivisions of it by which we count our time.
So with all the time that we save should we not be having more leisure time to do the things that we want to do? But I find people complaining all the time that they have "no time" for anything. They are sleeping less, playing less,reading less, meeting friends less. So where is all the time going? And why is it all going there?
6 Responses
  1. Harish Says:

    There are some, however, who get more done every day - because they utilize every time advantage they can get.

  2. Shails Says:

    How true!
    Been there and done that and no it doesnt pay.
    Here too i find this sickness of 'No time' and mind you this is among the indians.Never heard an American complain as much and to think that an Indian gets more time here as compared to India because of the 'lifestle- the infrastructure et al',but that is another topic...

  3. Pradeep Nair Says:

    So true, Usha! This is a point I have often thought about. We need to be a lot more patient. After all, where are we racing to at such a great speed.

  4. Vijay Says:

    I think this is more to do with the corporate way of leading life, which needs more discipline and punctuality, which as true Indians, we lack. Youngsters these days are in this corporate life and want such kind of discipline in a country like India, which will take quite a bit of time to come to terms with. As a result frustration. No time for other things, because, they have so many things on the agenda, and their work comes in the way .. and then the frustration vents out on the lift, the vehicle in front of you etc. etc.

  5. Tell me about it! Almost everybody I know at work feels guilty about leaving early and by early I mean 6pm. How did this happen to us?!

    And oh, the sleeping less bit pretty much ruins everything else!

  6. Anita Says:

    i must tell you this. i was at the hospital the last 2 days. and every time i was waiting for the lift, there would inevitably be someone who would press the button, inspite of it being pressed already. i felt like telling them that it wouldn't get there faster that way! and was reminded of this post which i had read earlier :) now i think i should have redirected them to your blog!