Technology: High Gratification, Low Patience Essays

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “He that can have patience can have what he will”. But, is patience really necessary in today’s society? In recent years, the younger of us have grown up without the need for patience. We now live in a hyperconnected world we can process data, download a song, search a vast database for virtually unlimited information, send a message, or even order pizza, all with the click of a button. We constantly thirst for better, faster, and easier technology to help us keep up with our lives. To what effect does this have on patience in society as a whole though? Perhaps man’s endless thirst for instant gratification has constantly fueled the improving of technologies over the years, and thus, has caused our patience and…show more content…
The internet has become a large part of households and our daily lives, so much that many of us today cannot possibly imagine it not existing, even for a couple weeks, days, or even hours. Around 1998, 56k modems became a pivot point bringing the World Wide Web to a greater majority of homes in the United States. These modems were capable of transferring data at around 56kbps, or 0.056mbps. That is roughly 1/155th of the average speed of today’s household internet speed of 8.7mbps according to the latest State of the Internet report by Akamai Technologies. At those speeds, it would take around twelve minutes to download an average five megabyte song in 1998 whereas today it would take roughly five seconds in the average household today. According to an article by Steve Lohr in The New York Times, in the 1990s, when the World Wide Web was becoming popular, it was so slow and crowed that it became dubbed as the world wide wait. People were willing to wait great deals of time just for a single page to load though. In modern days, Google engineers did a study and found if users are forced to wait more than four hundred milliseconds for results the majority of people are likely to leave and search somewhere else. Reporter Vamien Mckalin concludes that it only proves how much of a change high speed Internet has brought about in our lives. Christopher Muther of the Boston Globe describes the side effects of hyper connected living as sounding like a prescription

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