Our internet-inspired impatience is only getting worse


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

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sticK is by Peter Kerr, a writer for hire. I have a broad science and technology background and interest, with an original degree in agricultural science. My writing speciality is making the complex understandable. I am available for outside consultancy work, and for general discussions of converting a good idea into something positive
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