Betteridge’s Law applies, so most of us who understand happiness and where it comes from, would answer the same. No. Rephrased, I could ask, “Do Apple products give you pleasure?”
Nathan and I have been Apple customers for over 25 years. Each. That’s 50 years of experience. We also work in a private school with many hundreds of Windows PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, iPads and other techno-gadgets, and, yes, Apple products give us pleasure. But not happiness.
We live in a different age; a spot on the space-time continuum where everything is available with a few clicks and when we cannot get what we want right this second, it tends to cause a measure of personal irritation that can border on rage.
So much for happiness, right?
Humans are creatures of habit. We can change our habits. Our habits can change us. Both can be changed by ongoing trends. Chris Matyszczyk sees the trend, too:
Technology’s quest toward giving us everything from knowledge to burgers right now may be injecting a painful impatience into our veins.
A recent study of gadget users indicated what many of us suspect but do not have the science to back up the suspicion. A growing number of us point to technology as the prime source of our growing irritations with life.
John Anderer on the survey’s results:
Respondents reported becoming frustrated after just 16 seconds of waiting for a web page to load, and after 25 seconds of waiting for a traffic light to change.
Website rage? It’s a thing. Road rage is a thing, too.
You may not have noticed, but Mac360 and all the Apple Villagers websites are among the fastest loading websites you can find these days. Why? We don’t carry all the distracting visual garbage you find elsewhere; no overload of photos or graphics, no ad trackers or trackers or cookies or analytics trackers to slow things down.
We hope that little extra effort on our part helps to make you happy, but if not, we hope it helps to give you momentary pleasure in a very complicated and irritating world.
Does this seem familiar?
All it takes is mere seconds of waiting for people to lose their cool. For example, respondents reported losing their temper after just 20 seconds of waiting for ink to dry on a greeting card. Additionally, it only takes 22 seconds for people to start cursing their computers or TVs if a show or movie doesn’t immediately start streaming correctly.
We seem to be running out of patience and many of us blame our techno-gadgets– iPhone, iPad, and Mac included.
Surprisingly, 95% of respondents still admitted that they believe patience is a virtue.
When it comes to humans, science doesn’t always tie up all our loose strings