The Technological Depletion on Time

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot” said renowned motivation and performance coach Michael Altschuler. Most of us are guilty to the statement that ‘I do not have time’. How paradoxical that this statement holds water even as we approach the end of the second decade of the second millennium. Is it time is running out or are we running out of time? The growing child or the home maker. The busy executive or just about anybody at a personal or professional level.

For kids growing up in the 80’s in Mumbai, there was plenty of time. After school, it was homework, playing games, the usual set of comics and story books to read and watching the omnipresent Indian TV channel Doordarshan. There were summer, Diwali holidays and Christmas holidays. There was time for family, friends and relatives. Reports, projects and other stuff were handwritten, typed, assembled through cut and paste, etc. And submitted within timelines and deadlines.

At the workplace till the mid 90’s, there were no computers, e-mails, mobiles and internet. The only mode of communication was the telephone and post office. Getting sales orders, processing data, selling creative concepts were across tables through numerous visits and renditions, through STD calls, etc.

With the advent of technology came time saving mechanisms. The computer typed and saved data in the early days and today it is the life and blood of every student, organization, professional or individual. Today we are incomplete without smart phones, Whatsapp, Facebook and zillions of such time saving, bonding and such devices and apps. In the words of Peter Cochrane, eminent futurist and entrepreneur ‘a new book is published every 30 seconds. Over half a billion scientific engineering professional abstracts are published every year. 50% of everything a medical student is taught is wrong by the time she qualifies. Most Google searches produce at least tens of millions of results. No one can cope with this’. Entertaining us today are thousands of TV channels, radio stations, Youtube and the myriad options that the web provides us. We can watch, pause, record, download and delete what we like at the click of a mouse and a press of a button.

And yet we have no time. We spend more hours in offices in spite of tech tools at our disposal. We live in multiple TV households and all family members have mobile phones. And yet no time for family and friends and share our day’s banter. The week goes through stress and drudgery and the weekend comes and goes in the blink of an eye.

We have more money now but no time to spend. We have innumerable Facebook friends and Whatsapp groups but no time to meet and greet with buddies.

It’s about time we make technology our slave and time our ally. And start living life. Enjoy the little things in life, for one day we may look back and realize they were the big things.

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