Thirst for Instant Gratification

According to a 2012 Pew Institute report, technology experts surveyed "predicted that the impact of networked living on today’s young will drive them to thirst for instant gratification, settle for quick choices, and lack patience." Responses included the opinion that

Young people accustomed to a diet of quick-fix information nuggets will be less likely to undertake deep, critical analysis of issues and challenging information. Shallow choices, an expectation of instant gratification, a lack of patience, are likely to be common results....
- Millennials will benefit and suffer due to their hyper connected lives, by Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center, Feb. 12, 2012, at http://www.pewinternet.org/2012/02/29/millennials-will-benefit-and-suffer-due-to-their-hyperconnected-lives/ and http://www.pewinternet.org/files/old-media//Files/Reports/2012/PIP_Future_of_Internet_2012_Young_brains_PDF.pdf.

An 2013 article by Christopher Muther in the Boston Globe noted that

Darrell Worthy, an assistant professor of psychology at Texas A&M University who studies decision making and motivation, has found evidence of what some already feared: We’re becoming more focused on quick fun — such as a game of Angry Birds on the iPhone — than on reading books or magazines. ...
“We’re not wired to think about the long-term anymore,” says Phil Fremont-Smith of ImpulseSave, a Cambridge company that encourages individuals to save....
- Instant gratification is making us perpetually impatient, by Christopher Muther, http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/style/2013/02/01/the-growing-culture-impatience-where-instant-gratification-makes-crave-more-instant-gratification/q8tWDNGeJB2mm45fQxtTQP/story.html

“The problem here is a cultural one. If you have money, you spend it all — it’s the same everywhere in Africa. People here don’t prepare for the future. There is an incapacity to save.”
- TY MCCORMICK, The Paradox of Prosperity, Foreign Policy, OCT. 4, 2017

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