Time Savers/Wasters

We live in a world that has so many time saving devices. Ovens, washing machines, dishwashers – they all dramatically decrease the time we spend on household chores. In turn, this means that we have far more time to spend on other endeavours. But after I spent two hours on the computer yesterday, I asked myself this question:

Has all my time saving devices been replaced with time wasting devices?

How easy it is to get trapped on the computer for hours on end. More often than not, I sit down with a specific purpose only to find some time later, that I have been aimlessly surfing the net.

Then there s all the other time wasters: Television, social media, computer games ect. It is so easy to fill our ‘spare time’ with these ‘time wasters’.

Did our ancestors really have it so bad? They may not have had all the mod cons’ but they worked hard, were forced to self sufficiency, and spent their off hours in communication with each other – face to face. They really knew each other, and the community in which they lived.

I’m not saying that we need to dump all our white goods. But perhaps we need place less significance on who wins the next reality TV show competition and more significance on our actual reality.

2 thoughts on “Time Savers/Wasters

  1. Laura O'Connell

    Thanks, Rose, A great reminder. It’s amazing how we can get sidetracked by all our mod cons that take away from the true value of life: connecting face to face with others.

  2. I completely agree with you. I often wonder we still claim to be short on time in our day and age, compared with what our ancestors had to do just to keep their homes functioning, but I think if we all tallied up our time spent on electronic time-wasters, we might be surprised.

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