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The myth that technology saves time

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posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 09:09 PM
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Man's endeavour to save time through technology has only had the opposite effect. People wonder why time flies ; a year goes by so quickly now - not as it used to be before. Was the first Starwars film really made 41 years ago ? It only seems like a few years ago. Was "Hotel California" really written 41 years ago? Where has the time gone ?

Well, there is no mystery here. Our ability to do things quicker and travel faster is what's behind our apparent shortened lifespan.

It is interesting how slow-moving animals live longer, as in the case of the tortoise (lifespan between 30 -255 years depending on species). I am not using this as evidence but more as a metaphor or analogy.

What I have noticed is that , for example , flying to another country may appear to save time compared to sailing. However, when you combine the "quick" flight ; the cell phone that keeps you close to the ones you left behind; the email and cloud access that keeps your nose in different pies at the same time, you end up wondering where the time has gone. You 2-week stay abroad was spent in a flash and you are already back to work as if you had never gone anywhere. Not so if you were sailing for two weeks with minimal technology around you. Then, you will really feel the full 2 weeks and enjoy it. You would probably not even age as much as you would if going the technological way.

I am convinced that those , who are unable to pull away from that whirlpool that is caused by rapid advancing technology, will find that their whole life becomes as that of a butterfly and we know how long a butterfly lives.






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posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 09:14 PM
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I have 2 kids that live in Panama City, FL.

I have not heard from them yet.

I would much rather get an email an hour from now, than a telegram 2 weeks from now.



posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 09:23 PM
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originally posted by: madmac5150
I have 2 kids that live in Panama City, FL.

I have not heard from them yet.

I would much rather get an email an hour from now, than a telegram 2 weeks from now.


Well..the downside of time appearing to run slower is that your loved ones will be missed much more. Unfortunately you cannot have it both ways.



posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 09:29 PM
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originally posted by: crowdedskies

originally posted by: madmac5150
I have 2 kids that live in Panama City, FL.

I have not heard from them yet.

I would much rather get an email an hour from now, than a telegram 2 weeks from now.


Well..the downside of time appearing to run slower is that your loved ones will be missed much more. Unfortunately you cannot have it both ways.


I'm not discounting your OP.... but, when family is concerned... technology has enabled us to contact loved ones far quicker than in the past. I'd list that in the "Pro" column...



posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 09:42 PM
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originally posted by: madmac5150
I have 2 kids that live in Panama City, FL.

I have not heard from them yet.

I would much rather get an email an hour from now, than a telegram 2 weeks from now.


A phone call to them does wonders. Usually, land lines stay working during power outages. But, that is a thing of the past. Texting works also when phone conversations won't work.

Hope they are ok.



posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 09:47 PM
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originally posted by: Groot

originally posted by: madmac5150
I have 2 kids that live in Panama City, FL.

I have not heard from them yet.

I would much rather get an email an hour from now, than a telegram 2 weeks from now.


A phone call to them does wonders. Usually, land lines stay working during power outages. But, that is a thing of the past. Texting works also when phone conversations won't work.

Hope they are ok.


I've tried. No luck.

In my heart, I know they are OK... I am just waiting for confirmation.



posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 09:48 PM
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originally posted by: crowdedskies
Man's endeavour to save time through technology has only had the opposite effect. People wonder why time flies ; a year goes by so quickly now - not as it used to be before. Was the first Starwars film really made 41 years ago ? It only seems like a few years ago. Was "Hotel California" really written 41 years ago? Where has the time gone ?

Well, there is no mystery here. Our ability to do things quicker and travel faster is what's behind our apparent shortened lifespan.

It is interesting how slow-moving animals live longer, as in the case of the tortoise (lifespan between 30 -255 years depending on species). I am not using this as evidence but more as a metaphor or analogy.

What I have noticed is that , for example , flying to another country may appear to save time compared to sailing. However, when you combine the "quick" flight ; the cell phone that keeps you close to the ones you left behind; the email and cloud access that keeps your nose in different pies at the same time, you end up wondering where the time has gone. You 2-week stay abroad was spent in a flash and you are already back to work as if you had never gone anywhere. Not so if you were sailing for two weeks with minimal technology around you. Then, you will really feel the full 2 weeks and enjoy it. You would probably not even age as much as you would if going the technological way.

I am convinced that those , who are unable to pull away from that whirlpool that is caused by rapid advancing technology, will find that their whole life becomes as that of a butterfly and we know how long a butterfly lives.







It has slowed downed everyday life. Damn, I can write a check faster then using my card sometimes.

But, as I get older, time has sped up for me.

Sitting with no tech in the woods slows it down.

Drop the tech, return to nature.




posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 09:54 PM
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Thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

Heard they are having big communication problems down there.



posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 10:12 PM
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What if I fly to another country but don’t bring my phone or check my email?

a reply to: crowdedskies



posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 10:17 PM
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great thread, interesting theory



posted on Oct, 13 2018 @ 10:24 PM
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I don't think technology is necessarily making life easier or better anymore

Everyone seems pretty stressed out all the time and everyone is a little crazy



posted on Oct, 14 2018 @ 12:23 AM
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I have to agree that something odd is happening and I wonder if it is all relative to an individual's perspective or if it is something that effects the whole race? Could it be something like when a certain % of people use more technology, the % directly effects how fast things move, so the more people who use tech, the faster time will seem to go.



posted on Oct, 14 2018 @ 02:03 AM
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a reply to: madmac5150

but maybe if technology wasnt that advanced the d always live near you and you wouldnt miss them.



posted on Oct, 14 2018 @ 02:04 AM
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a reply to: toysforadults

i think it is good. so we miss people.



posted on Oct, 14 2018 @ 02:12 AM
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a reply to: crowdedskies

As you get older, time goes by faster.

Remember when you were a kid? And getting out for school for the summer made it seem like the summer lasted a year? Hell, now I’m forty something and the years are going by faster and faster.

I don’t think it’s texhnologies fault, just part of the human condition called “getting old”.



posted on Oct, 14 2018 @ 02:14 AM
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hmmm..i think i live in a non tech world. it is always like hours like years.

i look at the calender sometimes and see only two days past..i say 'it is impossibleee!!' anyway, things like this.

this is bad..because it would be better if it was like years past as it feels and bad people that i broke up with would know..'hah! i havent even thought about them for soo many years and i was having fun all around' now they look at the calander and say "it has been only two days, she ll come back" baasstards.

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posted on Oct, 14 2018 @ 02:25 AM
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a reply to: crowdedskies
Technology does save time when it comes down to repeating routines.
Examples: manufacturing, data searching from paper to digital, transport etc.

Time is lost (wasted) when people spend that saved time on meaningless activities like Facebook, TV etc

It seems the old generation utilise free time better than today's younger generation.
Example: spending 4-5 hours at a quiet spot on a beach with no links to the technological world. Things do slow down during those hours and on the way home, the person remembers it all and knows that those hours were well spent.



posted on Oct, 14 2018 @ 02:34 AM
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I’ve always had a theory on the ‘time flies as you get older’ conundrum.

When you’re five years old, a year is twenty percent of your life. A massive massive chunk.

When you’re ten, a year is ten percent of your life.

And so on.

As we experience time on an individual, personal level we can only but relate it to our own experiences. We remember how long it used to seem for a year to pass and now we know to expect that a year isn’t very long at all, we’ve experienced many many years so what’s just one more?

I’m sure this concept of ‘time seems to pass faster as we age’ has been around long before jet planes and cellphones.

Just my personal opinion



posted on Oct, 14 2018 @ 02:41 AM
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I am convinced that those , who are unable to pull away from that whirlpool that is caused by rapid advancing technology, will find that their whole life becomes as that of a butterfly and we know how long a butterfly lives.


Beautifully stated! Technology kills time as much as it ever saves it.



posted on Oct, 14 2018 @ 04:25 AM
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originally posted by: Damla
a reply to: madmac5150

but maybe if technology wasnt that advanced the d always live near you and you wouldnt miss them.


That is a good point.



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