Time slipping away to enjoy new technology

Watching TV recently, I had a bit of an epiphany. I feel lazy when two hours go by and all I want to see is the two minutes of air time that the Jeremy guy needs to catch his “river monster.” Where am I going with this? Well, it got me thinking about how people can complain that there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

TV shows and movies change fast, and someone with limited time off (work, school, a second job, etc.) has trouble trying to catch up on the newest releases. Entertainment through media is now a great part of our lifestyle, not many can argue this (although I respect the ones who do). We may have the fastest phones, Internet, computers and access to this material, but when you used to have one movie to watch, about two hours of a day may be taken away.

Now we have produced seven movies in the time it took to produce the single movie, and in order to catch up now, about 14 hours of your day is taken up. Could this be why unemployment is so high? Everyone trying to catch up with the Kardashians, “Man of Steel,” “The Simpsons” and “The Lone Ranger”? This doesn’t apply to just media; it’s nearly everything.

Think of a tractor vs. a horse and a plow. The tractor is great for producing crops for people to enjoy, but with the demand for a farmer’s crop yields growing every day, and the demand for a greater income increasing every day, he hasn’t opened up more time for a few extra movies, he’s opened up time for more farming. I think that our technology wheel is spinning much faster than the time wheel, and before too long, we may face a point where we may not have enough time to enjoy the new technology we’ve created. We’ve looked at this issue in agriculture, but after today as a nation, it looks like we have a lot of fresh, new butter and not enough toast.

Dylan Gillespie


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