People have less time / more time constraints on them thatn 20/30 years ago
Why? Why do peolpe have less time / more time constraints?
Looking back to my parents generation, they, seemingly would have less time - a lot less tolerance by employers for "soft" things, like family / school / parenting matters. Plus a lot less drove, then - I can probably count on one hand (seriously) the number of times I was taken / picked up by school (infant, junior or senior) school by car. My mother never drove, and my father would have been long gone to work before I set off for school, and not home 'til around 6-ish, at least.
So why do people have less time / more time constraints than 20/30 years ago?
Dont be so pedantic and literal, Neil, I was merely trying to point out that "modern life", with all of its distractions and personal priorities, is more stressful than it was, say 30 years ago....
I'm not being pedantic or literal - what's so different about "modern life" that it's suddenly has more priorities, or is more stressful than it was 20 or 30 years ago.
I'm not getting it at all - I think it's just revisionist. I look at my parents life and don't think it was any less stressful, challenging, difficult or with less time pressures.
Tell me I'm wrong, by all means - but beyond power of assertion, what is it, supposedly, that makes life now more difficult or stressful, than it was 20 or 30 years ago?
I could point to divorce and spreading ones time over 2 families, or stresses of modern work (leave office/get home 30mins later to have to deal with another inbox of "important emails".... mainly its just people dont know how to prioritise as much, and get increasingly stressed....
Some people always had more stressful jobs, and still had to do stuff in the evening - it might not have been emails, it might have been phone calls. Thing is, for all the things that supposedly are making "modern life" more stressful or demanding, there are other aspects that made life harder back then - flexible hours / working was far less prevalent, working from home, flexiblity and allowance for family / parenting matters.
I'm not buying that life is harder - I think that's just what some of this time are telling themselves.
My childhood was the same, walked to school by mum as dad had driven off to work... collected again by mum etc etc etc.
Point is, now its all done on the school run on the way to work... "gotta get there in time, cant be late.... god, what is with all this traffic.... DAMNIT, little Sebastian has forgotten his Nintendo DS and is kicking off bigtime....>"
I'll accept, there may be some shift in profile of parents who work - but also, some do more flexible hours (like only work the hours kids are in school), you've also got to bear in mind, that a LOT more have cars, than in previous times had to make do with walking or buses. What I don't buy, is that there's a huge shift that's made life so very much more stressful and difficult than it was back then.
oh, and you dont have to bold my quotes, I'm not shouting... there's a love
I didn't suggest you were shouting, I bolded that line, because I was specifically addressing it, as opposed to implying something about your tone. So don't take the hump, pookie, it's unbecoming.
Drink some tea, sit back, and chill, Winston - and think back - it's not all so much more stressful than you think, it's just the lie that won't die, dagnabit.
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