The cost to us for our Instant Gratification lifestyle shows up in a world of increasing impatience, overextension of credit and it’s impact on financial markets, health issues related to stress and a lifestyle pace that doesn’t include adequate down time. I suggest that although the costs of our demand for Instant Gratification are many, there are also quite a few benefits to this type of mindset. Think about it. Our desire for speedy response times has also pressed the business world to come up with new and improved business models that directly honor and address customer needs and demands in a 24/7 global marketplace. This has resulted in much innovation and business operations efficiencies, from optimal recruiting, staffing and training to increased efficiencies in organizational, inventory and distribution systems and structures.
Is our increased demand for Instant Gratification a good or bad thing? My best answer to this question is yes! What is your answer?