I have been pondering what life was like some time ago for some reason recently and it occurred to me that the amount of information we take in now could be having a negative effect on the time we have available to just think about things and do the stuff that makes us human.
None of this is original because it is a subject that many have addressed, but I suspect it is relevant to most of you and is something we all rarely consider.
I don’t relax, ever. That is my problem and not necessarily a product of modern day living, but over decades I have become that way and struggled to sit back and just take some time to think. I used to, however, be quite happy to sit down and read a book, listen to music or play a game, but no more. I can read for 10 minutes maximum, I never play games and music is just there in the background while I do other things.
I then started to think about my first job in a bank where records were held on paper and we had to sift through them to find anything. We dealt with travellers cheques, international money order and there was not a real computer in sight, apart from green screen terminals that did very little.
We communicated instantly by fax or even telex to deal with banks abroad in a secure fashion and I spent more time than I needed to in the fax area because I fancied one of the girls who worked there. As an aside I eventually asked her out and 25 years later she is still my wife.
Anyway, the point I am making is that I remember thinking about very little back then. Girls, work, music, money and clothes. Going out to a club was normal and relaxing was the way of things. It could simply be that this is how being young works, but free time now seems to be consumed by small screens and a constant taking and receiving of information whether we know we are doing it or not.
I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but I am curious as to if any of you feel the same.