So Much, So Fast, So Little Time: Coming to Terms with Rapid Change and Its Consequences

So Much, So Fast, So Little Time: Coming to Terms with Rapid Change and Its Consequences

So Much, So Fast, So Little Time: Coming to Terms with Rapid Change and Its Consequences

So Much, So Fast, So Little Time: Coming to Terms with Rapid Change and Its Consequences

Synopsis

Twenty-first-century technology opens up fabulous opportunities, but also changes how we relate to each other and warps our sense of time, reality, duty, and privacy. Technologies and time-saving devices make everything happen faster, with the result that we feel busier than ever before. "Free time" seems in danger of extinction. "So Much, So Fast, So Little Time: Coming to Terms with Rapid Change and Its Consequences" provides fascinating insights about how our changing world is changing our families and our personal relationships; how we travel, behave as consumers, and communicate; and how we entertain ourselves and deal with our anxieties.

Written in a popular, accessible style, this book describes seven areas of significant societal change, providing concrete examples and engaging stories to illustrate how drastically our right-now mindset has shifted our perception and experience of the world. In the last chapter, the author makes some practical suggestions on how to take thoughtful action to respond to the onslaught of inevitable change.

Excerpt

What is happening around us? Can we see the events of daily life with new eyes? Can we gain insight into why things are suddenly so very different from what they were?

This book looks at the characteristic experience of modern life: change, massive and broad, occurring at dazzling speed.

Changes show themselves wherever we look: in families and relationships, how we travel and how we earn our living, how we communicate and entertain ourselves, how we deal with money and handle our anxieties. This book aims to find words and categories for making sense of this swirling change. Most readers will share some experiences explained in this book.

I explore many of the events, trends, and patterns that make up the big changes that we all have encountered. An overview is offered in an effort to see the forest amidst the trees, and to find the meaning in chaotic shifts and transitions present in contemporary life. I notch some benchmarks to track the pace of change with its variable tempo—headlong here, lagging there. The causes of change are multiple; rates of change variable.

A second goal of this book is to examine how the changes occurring around us are changing us.

The most powerful engines of change today are the computer and related digital technologies, especially the Internet. While this technology overshadows and influences all others, a stream of ever-new models of cell phones and handheld devices enables us to communicate and exchange information to a degree undreamed of before.

With but an occasional lapse, I strive for neutrality in judgment as I ponder the shifts and whirlwinds of change in everyday life. For the . . .

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