Is Having It All, Exactly When We Want It, A Good Thing?

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A couple of weeks ago, Google announced the end of its Google Glass Explorer program.  To be clear, this doesn’t mean that the product is dead.  It just means that Google has completed “Stage One” and is getting ready to roll out a more mass-targeted version of the innovative device.  Soon, almost everyone can have access to exactly what they want, the minute that the desire strikes them…

Immediate gratification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was a little girl, if I missed seeing a movie in the movie theater, I would have to wait many months before the VHS tape appeared in my local Blockbuster.

This past weekend, a friend and I streamed a movie on demand that had literally been showing in theaters until the end of December!

When someone tells me to listen to a new song, I no longer have to go buy the entire CD…

I can just head on over to Spotify and listen to it right then for free (unless it is Taylor Swift and then we have to pay for it on iTunes!).

And if I want to buy something tangible, whereas I used to have to get in the car, travel to the mall and shop for exactly what I needed, now I can research options and have my selection delivered to me TODAY via Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery service.

Today’s technology provides so much convenience, but it got me thinking…

Mustn’t there be a cost to us for never having to wait or show any signs of self-constraint???

A study was conducted in the 1960 and ‘70s wherein a group of children were tempted with marshmallows to determine their level of self-control.

The children who were able to contain themselves (and wait to eat the marshmallows), proved to be far better off a decade later, demonstrating “a striking array of advantages over their peers.”

I know that when I can’t recall a fact or figure, I almost immediately turn to the Internet for help.

But I sometimes wonder if I am denying my brain the opportunity to stretch and grow; to stay “limber” so to speak.

Studies have shown that brain exercises and even meditation (the opposite of immediate gratification!) can improve cognitive abilities.

So, if we aren’t allowing our brains to truly work, doesn’t it follow that we are actually weakening our ability to think?

And if we can’t wait for something to be delivered in a few days or even weeks, how does that impact our ability to maintain patience in stressful situations?

I, for one, have spent quite a bit of time worrying about these questions.

As always, tell us what you think in the Comments below…

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