Re: do we need this level of instant gratification?
"But what have we become as humans when we need to satisfy every whim instantaneously? Our strength comes in part from patience, and that is deteriorating with each passing day and each technological leap. At some point we need to ask if always bigger better more faster compels us toward becoming a new generation of grown adults acting like spoiled brats."
I agree. We have become more and more of an instant generation. We always want things faster. I remember seeing someone showing his grandmother an electric kettle and said, she'd get her water boiled faster. She wasn't impressed because she didn't mind waiting a few minutes.
Consider how much we want everything "on demand" and that means at the instant I demand it. And the more that surrounds us, the more we expect it. While I have FIOS now for my internet, it still moves slowly at times, and I find myself impatient about it. But several years back, I had dial-up and had to wait far longer for things to load.