World wide web
The internet must have been one of the world-changing inventions of the past century. All of a sudden we were forced to leave our little bubble and to have a look at the wide world. From knowing barely nothing we opened ourselves up to loads and loads of information. Every single second of the day we’re reading e-mails, browsing, on social media, having Whatsapp conversations and so on. We most certainly don’t work harder than our ancestors. There’s just lots more we have to cope with.
The limitations of mankind
Compared to other living species, people are needy creatures. We always want to have more, know more and be more. But there’s just a certain amount of everything we can handle and we don’t realize it. Secretly we all believe we’re some kind of super mutant that can both read minds and heal itself. But we’ll have to disappoint you, besides in Marvel stories that mutant doesn’t exist.
The fear of missing out
Another downside of the internet and social media isn’t that we get loads of information from abroad. We’re also constantly aware of what everyone in our inner circle is doing. Friends going to festivals, family being on holiday, other friends having drinks at the seaside or whatever it is that human beings do. All these perfect moments are photographed and end up with a nice little filter, accompanied by a oneliner on social media. Since not everyone is enjoying spare time at the exact same moment it seems like everyone is constantly having fun and you’re just boring. To compensate this feeling you will go out more because seriously, who wants to miss out on all that joy life has to offer? But guess what… life isn’t always about amusement. And amusement isn’t always about the large things in life.