Technology Taught Us To Never Wait

Are we too impatient for our own good?

Lance Ulanoff
OneZero
Published in
4 min readApr 17, 2022

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I think it started with microwaves.

A typical microwave can cook an entire chicken in 16 minutes. That’s three times faster (or more) than the best convection oven. We started using microwaves to reheat and cook virtually everything back in the late 1970s. It's also around that time that we started standing in front of them, impatiently tapping our feet, waiting for popcorn to pop.

Modern consumer technology and the internet have only amplified that convenience impatience.

We have emails that literally travel around the world in seconds, and yet we still ask the recipient: Did you get it? Where is it? It should be there.

A file that takes more than 10 seconds to download is considered a crime. We offer slightly more time allowance for uploads because every one knows download speeds are faster.

A spinning circle on Disney+ or a beat before Netflix’s icon “ta-dum” sound sends our hands running through our hair in utter frustration. “This is an abomination.”

If something doesn’t respond on a web site or app immediately, we hit “Enter” again, and again. Meanwhile, the service is receiving all those prompts, causing it to fail, leading to you waiting another few seconds for…

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Lance Ulanoff
OneZero

Tech expert, journalist, social media commentator, amateur cartoonist and robotics fan.