Has there been a generation that didn't wish for the simplicity of the last and the speed of the future?
Guilty as charged. I used to be a total control freak, then 2 years ago I put my watch in its box and only wear it now when travelling (flights tend not to wait for me I have noticed). It is so liberating Wil, try it one weekend, take off your watch and hide your clocks, it makes life so much more pleasant. The only difficulty is when you do need to know the time you have to remember where you hid the clock.
However, when I log on and I don't get instant access the frustration is amazing. I want it now, give me access this second, no I can't wait another 30 seconds. What the hell is that about? Does my life or the life of anyone I love depend on whether a site uploads quickly enough? Will the world end if I don't type out my daily babble until tomorrow? I don't think so.
So still work to do on myself.
Oh interesting article a British paper this weekend. They did a survey about which era people wanted to live in and the majority said the 50's because life was so much simpler then. They want the community policeman to rap our kids round the ear when they chuck stones at cars, they want old fashioned shops and customer service, etc but they also want their mobile phone and internet access.