Our internet-inspired impatience is only getting worse

By Peter Kerr 19/04/2012

There’s a fair number of (mostly ignored) requests to link and/or ‘write about us’ emails received by sticK.

However Tony Shin tweaked an interest in the subject line, ‘A quick question about Instant Gratification’.

He in turn linked through to the following link (see here), an extremely informative graphic about ‘Instant America’.

Without giving the eight pages away, the underlying message of the effect of the internet’s instant gratification is that the desire for speedy information has made Americans (but read all of us) impatient for just about everything.

Well, OK, here’s three statistics (and all their sources, and the other facts are referenced at the end of the graphic) that should give us pause for thought.

  • Google found that slowing search results by just 4/10ths of a second would reduce the number of searches by 8,000,000 a day
  • In the U.S., 25% of mobile web users browse only on their phones, never using a laptop, tablet or desktop to access the internet
  • Half of surveyed Americans would not return to an establishment that kept them waiting

Are we in New Zealand far behind in our impatience stakes? Probably not.

Tony Shin’s also done me the favour of pointing out www.onlinegraduateprograms.com , which has a number of other interesting graphics including; ‘Generation Screwed — It’s not easy being a millennial’, and ‘Should you get an MBA?’

Onlinegraduateprograms describes itself as ‘devoted to providing a detailed understanding of all aspects of graduate education’.

The site’s well worth a fossick around. Its mandate is beyond the ‘bums on seats’ business model of most universities.

In other words, it has plenty of interesting stuff you probably didn’t know about. See if you can resist ’50 facts you never knew about the English language’ if you don’t believe me

0 Responses to “Our internet-inspired impatience is only getting worse”

  • The Internet has opened up the Age of Entitlement, and onlinegraduate.com has just provided more evidence of this.

    One consequence for creative people who depend upon copyright laws for compensation is that the ability to achieve instant gratification via the Internet has side-stepped existing framework – and attempts to modify those laws (think Skynet) has opened up the law makers and law enforcers to
    derision. I don’t think that the millennial generation really believes deep down that there is a free lunch – they know that if they don’t pay for their cell phone plan bills they get cut off – but copyright policy analysts, creators and owners need to come up with a business model and then a regulatory framework around it that meets the expectations of the users while still rewarding the creators.