Living In Fast Forward: The Impatient Generation?

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Our time is precious. There are 24 hours in a day and at least seven of those should be spent sleeping. There is so much that we think must be done in a day and it means we aren’t spending as much time relaxing, reading, drawing and just sitting and thinking.

The following blog post is full of thoughts that I’ve had for a while now, solidified by watching Sammi Maria’s latest video where she talked about reading blog posts less, same with Hannah Gale’s latest blog post! I want to talk about the way we seem to live our lives in fast forward, needing everything right now. I even notice it with myself, as well as the people around me. We are so impatient, squeezing as much as we possibly can into our days.

The truth of the matter is that there is just more that needs to be done these days.

Even just 50 years ago, the change in an average person’s daily routine is phenomenal when we stop and think about it. Not so long ago, there were just one or two TV channels. No mobile phones, no social media, no computers.

Now things are different. We all have 1000 TV channels, trying to watch all our favourite series to keep up with the trend. We are working jobs with side projects, like blogs and small businesses. Everyone has IRL friends to see, as well as keeping online friends updated. We need to check all social media, share your day on Instagram stories. There are 12 texts we need to reply to, and a Youtube subscription box full of new videos to watch. The meals for the week need prepping and we need to squeeze in time to see family and relatives. We are heading to the gym, driving to new places, working over time, going on holidays, writing emails and reading the latest novel that everyone is talking about.

It literally makes me feel exhausted just writing all that down. It is the reality we live in now. Time is precious, how are we supposed to cram in all the things we want to do?

We priorise of course. You might cancel plans with a famiy member, because you know they’ll still be there tomorrow. Perhaps you’re turning down invites or skipping gym sessions because your house needs to be tidied(I definitely use this one as an excuse not to work out!). You definietly won’t have time to sit down and read the latest blog posts on Bloglovin’.

I feel as though our generation is busier than ever. There just seems to be more activites to fill our days with on top of all the normal jobs and chores.

We are given more information than ever before. Say you follow a content creator on their Instagram, blog, Youtube channel and Twitter. If you want to see their latest content, you would probably head to Instagram. With an Insta-story of their day and their outfit details tagged, is there really any need to click though to read the blog post? Maybe not. We are spoilt for choice by these amazing creators!

We are so used to getting information instantly, no need to hesitate. We are so impatient. A quick Google search gives you the answer to any question you might have. When I watch Youtube videos now, I find myself using the ‘skip 10 seconds’ button to whizz through to the part of the video I want to see. This makes a twenty minute video less than 5 minutes long.

With Netflix and other streaming sites, there are no adverts. When I do watch something on TV with ad breaks, I’m picking up my phone for a quick social media scroll before the show returns to the screen. It is impatience at it’s finest.

Being slow and being completely absorbed in the task in hand is an art than has been slightly lost. I’ve written about the millenial addicition to our phones and a few ways to pick up your devices less, which I’ve been working hard on!

I think I am getting much better at switching off from the busy world around me. I will more than happily retreat to the sofa in my pyjamas, or take a Sunday to spend doing calm, quiet things that make me feel relaxed. Embracing a slower lived life and enjoying the little things can make all the difference.

I’m reading a lot more books (I have some fab recomendations to share on the blog soon) and I’m trying to read more blog posts too. I adore writing on my blog, but will admit that reading other people’s blog’s has fallen off my radar slightly. Writers are working hard to create content and I don’t want blogging to get lost in the busy, fast paced world we live in.

I feel like I’ve only just entered the world of blogging, and it might already be disapearing to be replaced by faster, more instant content. In some ways it is amazing – the digital world is evolvging at an incredible speed, but sad too. Whilst my page views and visits are still rising (fingers crossed this can continue!), I know lots of bloggers who are struggling to hit higher page views now, simply because there are less people reading blog posts.

Is anyone out there still reading? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, please join in the discusssion in the comments below…

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6 Comments

  1. March 18, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    This is something that I think of daily! I haven’t blogged in weeks because after working all day I just can’t bare to spend family time staring at another computer screen. The struggle with evolving with technology and being frightened of it is a real problem. And I think all bloggers can be a bit guilty of only worrying about getting their own content read and neglecting reading themselves. I have to remind myself that the reason I started blogging is because I LOVED reading other blogs. The digital world is over populated and all consuming, I think it’s good to start conversations about it so we don’t neglect the realities of life. 🙂

    • marblebeauty
      March 18, 2018 / 6:42 pm

      It’s started to pop into my head quite a lot recently! I am in a similar position – I work on a screen in social media/blogging so sometimes the thought of coming home and doing more feels like overkill for my poor eyes haha! I agree. I often share a blog post and hope for comments, but then realise I haven’t spent time engaging with other bloggers this week…so why would anyone do the same for me? I completely agree Alexandra, so easy to do, we need to remember real life!☺️

  2. March 18, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with this post! A while ago I noticed how much I had neglected blogging, especially with Twitter and Instagram being so much easier and quicker. I miss the beginning days of blogging when I would connect with others over on their blogs, get to know them from their posts and leave comments to join in the conversation. And in terms of real life, it’s so difficult to switch off in this noisy world but little things like reading, knitting and painting help so much but I just need to get off my phone to actually do it…! I’m looking forward to your book recommendations, Chloe! xxx

    • marblebeauty
      March 18, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      I’m glad you can relate too! The ‘micro-blogging’ we do on Instagram these days is so fast and easy. Completely agree. There is so much to keep up with – from blog posts to tweeting and Instagram. Blogging takes the longest so it’s natural that we forget about it. I’m glad you’ve mentioned knitting – I’m excited to be getting back into it! I have finally found my love of reading again so hopefully I can find a much better balance. Thank you Milenka, the post should be up soon! Xxx

  3. March 18, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    I completely agree with you! I find my days getting busier and busier and I find that a lot of the things that I enjoy tend to fall off my radar – blog reading included but I’ve even fallen behind on listening to my favourite podcasts or reading my favourite magazines. Sadly, I think we try to push ourselves to do too much without sitting to think about how this is having an impact on us. So I’m trying to put more thoughts into – What do I need to do today? And what do I want to get done today? Hopefully going from there will help but I don’t know!

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    • marblebeauty
      March 26, 2018 / 5:36 pm

      Completely agree with your comment Rachel! I think being mindful of how I spend my time helps so I’m totally with you on deciding to prioritise how time is spent! We shall see, hopefully it works ☺️

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