Society Has Gotten Too Fast.

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I have a theory.Ferris is Cool.

Not because I’m smart, but because I’m old (two of the benefits of being old are you can say whatever you want… and eat dinner at 3:30 pm).

I think life is getting easier, but less enjoyable.

The interweb is great.  Stores being open 24/7 is wonderful.  Getting our news and weather whenever we want is nice.

Every day more and more things come along to make our existence more pleasant.

In theory.

Apps are nice.  Movies on demand are great.  Central air certainly has it perks.  Smartphones are cool.

There is no arguing technology is great.

But on the other side of the coin, everything happens all the time.

We’ve lost something.

And I think it’s free time.

Boredom is good because it makes you appreciate other experiences.

And in this day in age, I’m never bored.

Who has the time?

Between work and weekends that are busier than ever, there is no down time.

This weekend I ran (jogged… whatever) a half marathon.

I hadn’t trained nearly enough.  I had a bad foot (worse now).

Yet, I didn’t want to miss running (jogging… whatever… I get it).


Because I was so looking forward to the 2 hours with no phone.  Or email.  Or resposibilities.

Just running along with thousands of complete strangers who wouldn’t ask me a single question about anything important.

No responsibities other than putting one foot in front of the other (and not wetting myself… runners will understand).

This doesn’t happen often enough.

No, not running a half marathon.

Slowing down for two hours.  Or two minutes.

Maybe I need a skip day like Ferris.  Anyone want to go… Bueller, Bueller, Bueller… anyone?

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9 Responses to “Society Has Gotten Too Fast.”

  1. Scott Osborne
    on Apr 29th, 2012
    @ 11:12 am

    Michael I can’t agree enough. My wife and I used to have great talks in the car. Now while one drives, the other has iPhone clutched in hands furiously checking all newsfeeds before a child starts screaming for a bottle (5 month old) or a cheeseburger (4 year old).

  2. DeAnna
    on Apr 29th, 2012
    @ 1:06 pm

    I’ve read your blog for awhile and so appreciate your wit, candor, and insight. Again, you’ve hit it on the head! Too much, all the time, makes us unhappy, unhealthy — and tho you’d think it’d be the opposite — disconnected people.

  3. Marcus Byrd
    on Apr 29th, 2012
    @ 1:52 pm

    I know, I feel like I am always doing something, If I am not working I am reading blogs that I don’t enjoy reading and the author doesn’t enjoy writing.Li (Laughing inside) I think you have inspired me too take a vacation all summer long! (is that a bit much?)

  4. Magan Crum
    on Apr 29th, 2012
    @ 4:18 pm

    Hello Mr. Smith,
    My name is Magan and I am an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. This is the last blog post I have to read and post for the semester. After reading your post I never t realized this was really happening. I graduated form high school three years ago and I feel like life is moving to fast. The question was why? Now that I think back technology has played a huge roll. I am constantly checking my phone to see if I received a text or status update. I can watch television all day long and not realize time has gone so quickly. Thank you for bringing me to the light.

  5. Jim Anderson
    on Apr 29th, 2012
    @ 10:22 pm

    This is why I don’t own a cell phone- and yes you can survive without one.

  6. Pat
    on Apr 30th, 2012
    @ 5:23 am

    That is why I love camping with my hubby. We have no phone service (not even cell phone), no electricity which means no computers or TV. We sit around a campfire in the evening and we talk! It is wonderful. I also can catch up on some reading early in the morning before he wakes up. Sometimes we just need to unplug. :)

  7. Alicia Manuel Kessler
    on Apr 30th, 2012
    @ 9:41 am

    Glad it’s not just me. I thought maybe hitting 40 made me want to be a hermit by some cosmic force.

  8. Torian
    on Jun 4th, 2012
    @ 11:32 pm

    Your comments about the negative impact of technology are truthful. For each convenience that technology offers, it will be imperative to model and teach the balance required in order to maintain a well-rounded life. Technology “de-toxicing” will need to be a priority to ensure that there is authenticity of thinking, relationships, and health. Unfortunately, I think there won’t be significant limitations until more drastic tragedies emerge in the field of medicine that link excessive use of technology with illness. At the astronomical rate of technological advancment, there must be a climax soon. This is yet another task for parents to model for their children.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Torian, This may be the most well thought out email I’ve ever recieved.

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