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I'll try to keep this short and sweet, but I've come to the conclusion that today's world and it's ease of access to literally everything on the internet has reverted my brain to that of a spoiled child. I don't have patience for ANYTHING anymore! This instant gratification has made almost everything seem pointless to me.

Video Games? Pointless waste of time... just Youtube walkthrough videos and save $60.

Movies? Just look up them up online and save the hassle of driving to the theater.

Books? Just download the scanned PDFs from torrent sites.

Anything else? Just use Google.

When I was younger I never got what I always wanted. But... I was happy with what I had. Now that I'm older I can pretty much get everything I want and it's... not satisfying at all. It's like I'm starting to think like a machine... just mindless consumption.

Now don't get me wrong, there are TONS of benefits to everything being available as well. I'm not going to be hypocritical and not act like I'm happy to be exposed to things that normally wouldn't be so easy to find (like anime for example). But this barrage of EVERYTHING in your face at any given moment has pretty much killed the concept of patience for me, and thus a lot of value seems to be lost in the "process" of getting things. I know it sounds silly, but there's definitely something about working towards something and not getting it right away

For the past few months I've been working on this and have found that I'm starting to enjoy things more. Anyways, I just felt like ranting a bit and was curious on your guys view on the matter as well.

Posted 6/29/16
It's the times we live in, man. Its hard to avoid spoilers on youtube and wikipedia even.

Its true that you can get just about anything online now. A friend of mine used to get me movies that were still showing in the theaters before they were released, but hasn't for awhile now, haha.
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What if the spoiled child is right to think everything could be done quicker?
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And with this instant gratification and narcicisstic culture it's going to get worse, I believe. People are too lazy and demanding nowadays. I am glad, I am not always glued to my phone, I'd rather read a book than watch a movie. I even prefer listening to music on records. And the only social media I use is Tumblr and that's only because of my interests. I don't care if anyone is ranting about their life on Facebook, or posting selfies on Instagram or whatever. It's fine with me, if people do whatever that makes them happy. But sometimes, I can't help but see it all as fake and pathetic.

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Sir_jamesalot wrote:

What if the spoiled child is right to think everything could be done quicker?


Fair point. As I had addressed in my OP, there's nothing inherently wrong with finding quicker solutions to problems. The problem is that some people (such as myself) become victims of instant gratification and lose any sense of patience. Without patience, instant gratification loses its value and trains our minds to consume, consume, and consume at a fast rate. But on the other hand I definitely love seeing how much more efficient we can make our lives. It's a double-edged sword in my view.
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And with this instant gratification and narcicisstic culture it's going to get worse, I believe. People are too lazy and demanding nowadays. I am glad, I am not always glued to my phone, I'd rather read a book than watch a movie. I even prefer listening to music on records. And the only social media I use is Tumblr and that's only because of my interests. I don't care if anyone is ranting about their life on Facebook, or posting selfies on Instagram or whatever. It's fine with me, if people do whatever that makes them happy. But sometimes, I can't help but see it all as fake and pathetic.



I'd love to read books, but I can't read without zoning out and thinking (...can't I just watch the movie instead? It's much more efficient that way.). When I was younger I used to read books all the time though which is a shame. I also used to really be into art and sculpting to which I don't have the patience for at all anymore.
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Awesum74 wrote:

And with this instant gratification and narcicisstic culture it's going to get worse, I believe. People are too lazy and demanding nowadays. I am glad, I am not always glued to my phone, I'd rather read a book than watch a movie. I even prefer listening to music on records. And the only social media I use is Tumblr and that's only because of my interests. I don't care if anyone is ranting about their life on Facebook, or posting selfies on Instagram or whatever. It's fine with me, if people do whatever that makes them happy. But sometimes, I can't help but see it all as fake and pathetic.



I'd love to read books, but I can't read without zoning out and thinking (...can't I just watch the movie instead? It's much more efficient that way.). When I was younger I used to read books all the time though which is a shame. I also used to really be into art and sculpting to which I don't have the patience for at all anymore.


Readibly accessible material is a double-edged sword, although I'm not really understanding what you want do discuss apart from the obvious.

But, you should just get back into reading books, there's no reason you can't do both.
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What if the spoiled child is right to think everything could be done quicker?


I think you missed his point entirely.
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It could be argued that the span of time needed to complete the tasks would be similar if you did them on your own. The difference is that you're not waiting for the product to release or flat out don't want to buy it. I can't relate to this thread at all, in all honesty. Internet is just another tool to access things at a much faster rate than before. That's all.

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Sir_jamesalot wrote:

What if the spoiled child is right to think everything could be done quicker?


I think you missed his point entirely.


I agree, it is hard to avoid spoilers.
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trmjkd989 wrote:

I'd love to read books, but I can't read without zoning out and thinking (...can't I just watch the movie instead? It's much more efficient that way.). When I was younger I used to read books all the time though which is a shame. I also used to really be into art and sculpting to which I don't have the patience for at all anymore.


I get you. But in my case, it's movies and TV series which makes me impatient. I can watch movies if I get the time, but following a series feels like a crime. Because it's such a passive activity to sit in front of a screen for hours, that it's almost unbearable! At least with books I get more freedom also it's more relaxing. However, I wasn't always like this though as a kid since I spent majorty of my time playing video games. But now, I'd much rather paint. Trust me, you can break away from your bad habits. There just needs to be certain lifestyle changes and enough conviction. Like, start doing something artsy right now and slowly make that daily so you get used to it again. You know, it's never too late.
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I've never thought this was a bad thing. I actually soak things in as I look them up. I don't think you are giving yourself enough credit. But, all people seem to use the internet these days is for memes and gifs, which I despise.
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trmjkd989 wrote:

I'll try to keep this short and sweet, but I've come to the conclusion that today's world and it's ease of access to literally everything on the internet has reverted my brain to that of a spoiled child. I don't have patience for ANYTHING anymore! This instant gratification has made almost everything seem pointless to me.

Video Games? Pointless waste of time... just Youtube walkthrough videos and save $60.

Movies? Just look up them up online and save the hassle of driving to the theater.

Books? Just download the scanned PDFs from torrent sites.

Anything else? Just use Google.

When I was younger I never got what I always wanted. But... I was happy with what I had. Now that I'm older I can pretty much get everything I want and it's... not satisfying at all. It's like I'm starting to think like a machine... just mindless consumption.

Now don't get me wrong, there are TONS of benefits to everything being available as well. I'm not going to be hypocritical and not act like I'm happy to be exposed to things that normally wouldn't be so easy to find (like anime for example). But this barrage of EVERYTHING in your face at any given moment has pretty much killed the concept of patience for me, and thus a lot of value seems to be lost in the "process" of getting things. I know it sounds silly, but there's definitely something about working towards something and not getting it right away

For the past few months I've been working on this and have found that I'm starting to enjoy things more. Anyways, I just felt like ranting a bit and was curious on your guys view on the matter as well.





None of that is bad it's just common sense to do something like that.

I have patience and like working towards getting something done (why i like mmo grinding ) but i would not consider this kind of stuff to be bad.
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Works out for me. I never get bored. There's always something I can do.

There are more options--not less. That entails more choices...but more poor choices too.

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