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Young & Restless: Why Are We So Impatient?



Young & Restless: Why Are We So Impatient?

We’re always on the go, looking to get things done with the click of a button

“Impatient? Who, me? I’m the calmest person you will ever meet!”. This is what a fellow millennial told us when we approached them for a quote for this story. As a generation, most of us don’t even admit to how impatient we’ve become. Being calm is not the same as being patient.

We’re always on the go, looking to get things done with the click of a button. As a result, we’ve become more restless and impatient than any other generation that preceded us.

Why So Restless?

Theoretically, we are living in a smarter world. We have the latest technologies at hand, and we have smart services and tools to get us what we want as quickly as possible.

In fact, companies are exploiting this weakness of ours — offering same-day delivery, the fastest internet service, express VIP passes, and the likes.

But this luxury, also known as instant gratification, could be making us more restless and impatience.

Let’s look at our parents’ generation. When they wanted to book a movie ticket, for instance, they’d physically go to the theatre and wait in line, and were prepared to spend that kind of time. But our generation has ticketing apps to book tickets instantly, which is great! But that’s not where the problem lies.

The problem arises when we’re unable to get a task done on our smartphones — we get all impatient and riled up because we’re so used to getting everything ASAP. We’re so used to instant gratification that when it is not available, it affects our mood and behaviour, making us lose our cool!

According to studies, internet and social media users are even more jumpy and impatient. Don’t you get angry when your WiFi is slow? Or an app stops working? Studies suggest that if a YouTube video doesn’t load within the first few seconds, it is abandoned by the viewers.

So while technology is a boon, it’s also one of the reasons behind our growing impatience. As Ryan Fernandez (30, Mumbai) points out, “I think technology is partly to blame. We have easy access to things, and can gets tasks done faster because of our smartphones. Due to this, we expect to pack in a lot more in a shorter amount of time. So when that expectation is not met, we tend to lose our patience.”

Technology is not the only culprit. Ryan adds, “Multitasking has become a way of life for our generation, which may not be very healthy for us. Also because there are so many options available in all walks of life, we are very quick to judge and reject things. Overall, our attention span has become shorter.”

Don’t Let Impatience Get the Better of You

As smart millennials, we need to understand that instant gratification does not guarantee long-term satisfaction.

Being impatient could cause stress and anxiety, thereby affecting your emotional health. It could also lead to anger and intolerance, creating problems at a community level. These negative emotions have destroyed relationships and societies — don’t let them get the better of you!

Software engineer Gagan Sachdeva (28, Gurugram) says, “Getting impatient, whether at work or home, has its own consequences in the long run. The impulse of the moment doesn’t warn you, but it surely makes you regret later on. It’s better to work with a cool mind under all circumstances.”

Be a little patient and relax that racing mind. It’s okay to get things done in time, but it’s not okay to let that rush rule your life.

Experience the charm of waiting for something you want — and truly enjoying the moment you receive it.

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A wife, a mother and a blogger and has gradually managed to handle all three together (though not without coffee). Shilpa is keen on pursuing her lost dream of becoming a writer. She likes to eat and wants to reduce at the same time.

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