by Mike Masnick

No Patience For Patience? Blame Broadband!

from the say-what? dept

Apparently, the world has less patience these days, and it's all broadband's fault. Yes, that's right. This always on, give me answers now, now, now, fast, fast, fast world has meant that we no longer enjoy being put on hold by the support staff to find out why our (oops) broadband connection is down or waiting in line. Just yesterday, at the supermarket, the guy in front of me, who just wanted to buy a bag of apples got fed up when the woman at the front of the line seemed to be having trouble coming up with enough money. He stormed off in a huff, tossing the bag of apples on an adjacent counter. Obviously, he must have been one of these crazy, impatient broadband customers. Somehow, I doubt our growing impatience has anything to do with the speed of our internet connection, but the growing element of our life that seems to involve being on hold or in line just to get the bad service we don't deserve.

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  1. identicon
    Impatient Patty, Aug 30th, 2004 @ 9:33pm

    Broadband has made me impatient

    Actually, I agree that the speed of the internet has decreased my patience overall.

    "The medium is the message".

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 31st, 2004 @ 6:05am

    No Subject Given

    I don't know. I think I'd blame cell phones more than broadband.

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  3. identicon
    Susan, Aug 31st, 2004 @ 7:28am

    Sesame Street

    The old saw was that my generation, the first to grow up on Sesame Street, was impatient because Ernie and Bert segments lasted two minutes, thus diminishing our attention span and teaching us to expect instant gratification.

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