May 15, 2018 |

Buttons Don’t Make Things Faster

Technology continues to make tasks easier and faster to execute.  Until the mid-19th Century, if you needed to communicate with someone, you had to either write a letter or be face-to-face.  Now all you have to do is press a button.

Yet…although the methods have changed dramatically, and things have never been easier or faster, people are still people.  They still procrastinate; they still make promises and then promptly break them.  There’s still a group of people who do what they say they will do.  There’s still a group of people who don’t.

Everything has changed.  And nothing has changed.

Consider this: In some respects, things take as long as they’ve always taken.  If I needed to communicate something to you in 1825, I would write a letter, and have it delivered to you.  That could take a few days.  Isn’t it interesting that in 2018 we wait a few days for emails from people?  Or we wait a few days for a return phone call?  What’s wrong with this picture?  All they have to do is press a button.

Busy?  We’re ALL busy.  This isn’t about busy.  This isn’t about technology.  It isn’t about convenience.  It’s about human nature.  It’s about priorities.  It’s about integrity and personal responsibility.  In all of human history, there’s never been a better time to demonstrate responsiveness.  Yet many people are slow as ever.

Buttons don’t make things faster.  You do.