Are Amazon to blame?
We all lead busy lives these days, and the pace doesn’t seem to be getting any slower.
Technology was meant to give us more time to ourselves, but instead, the communication devices such as smartphones and tablets just make us even busier and in a strange way enslaves us, as our phones seem to control our moods and attitudes for the day, depending what we have seen on YouTube or our social media.
We are also becoming less patient and a culture of “I want it now” seems to have developed in our minds. For example, I recently observed my 14-year-old son staring out the window, like a dog waiting on his master coming home, and when asked what was he doing, he said “ waiting on a parcel from Amazon”. “When did you order it?” I asked, “this morning” was the impatient and sulking reply.
Another example is when I recently took a call from a customer asking if I was on holiday as I had not replied to his emails. Apologising for the lack of communication, I then dealt with his enquiry, and proceeded to check for the emails he had sent. I quickly realised he had only sent them an hour and a bit previously!! Impatient or what!?
Now I love Amazon and use it every week for everything from running shoes to garden furniture. The service is fantastic, and you get the stuff you order in double quick time, but…
Did I need that pack of socks the next day?
Was I going to use that rucksack as soon as I got it?
Did I need those vitamins on the same day?
I fear we all have created a very impatient world, which only leads to intolerance and frustration with each other, which then leads to stress and burnout. We need to learn not to be the ones “looking out the window for the parcel to arrive”.
Another wee thought: I note that there seems to be no environmental lobby group jumping up and down about the carbon footprint being left behind with the number of vans spitting of carbon dioxide, delivering our Amazon parcels?!