Yearning for the Asynchronous

Remember the days of catalogue shopping? You’d wait weeks after sending in your order form for the doll furniture you just knew would be perfect for your doll house. Or that special holiday dress from SearsĀ  you could get nowhere else? Anticipation was a part of the holidays. You’d carefully plan, then wait.

Waiting is no more.

The man who tweeted saying I do (and will most likely to go on to join the ranks of those Retrevo says update their social status post-coitally, too) is only the most recent example of real-time all the time.

I don’t want to know what’s on your sandwich. It’s not important that I know every breathing moment of your existence. As a good friend of mine pointed out recently, people just want the love. And they’re reaching out virtually to get it.

Retrieve the asynchronicity by logging off every now and then. Consider taking the slow boat to your destination and the time to think along the way. Not everything needs to happen at once.

Enjoy the slow today!


  1. Aimie

    December 9, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I was thinking of the fun we used to have with lay a way too… You would pick out something then come back every week until you had enough to take the treasure home. Now credit cards drive the immediacy and I know my kids don’t always easily see that you have to earn the value that we are spending….

  2. powerofslow

    December 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Great to see you here, Aimie. Yes, I remember lay-a-way. The immediacy of credit has indeed informed our current consumer behavior, not always for the better, I might add!

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