You know exactly what I’m talking about… You just pressed the ‘Order’ button to purchase the contents of your online shopping cart and are seriously, so excited. A new [noun], yay! All of a sudden, you’re in a better mood, the sun is shining brighter, and all your problems have disappeared. All because you just bought something.
But wait just a second…
The sun is going back behind those clouds, your problems are popping back into view and that happy excitement is draining away as you realize the horrible truth: you now have to wait for your new goodies to arrive! And to make it even worse, you and your packages are now at the mercy of the USPS (Or FedEx, or UPS… you get it) and we all know those shipping company customer service reps don’t really care when your package arrives and what condition it arrives in. They can’t do anything to help you, but thanks for calling and have a great day.
We have officially become a society that expects instant gratification from pretty much all aspects of life. Whether you realize it or not, you expect instant gratification in almost everything you do. Which is totally fine, there’s nothing wrong with that! Thanks to technology, the world spins so fast these days that having to actually wait for something is almost considered abnormal. Personally, I hate waiting on anything or anyone, which means I’m that crazy person running to the mailbox every day as soon as I get home from work to see if any of my new goodies have arrived yet. And cue the major disappointment I now have to overcome when the mailbox and porch steps are empty. (Still?!)
Online purchasing is a wonderful, amazing thing that everyone in this increasingly lazy yet constantly busy world should absolutely take advantage of. (Even my 75+ years old grandparents have discovered the amazingness that is Amazon Prime – listening to them show off their new online purchase and explaining the process is the cutest thing ever.) Buying online rather than in-store caters perfectly to our fast-paced lifestyles and jam-packed schedules. The thing it does not cater to though, is our expectation of instant gratification. Which is just incredibly annoying if you ask me.
Who wants to wait on your new stuff to arrive, even if it’s just a couple days after you actually buy it? That’s right, no one.
At least we can all take comfort in knowing we’re not alone in the struggle of waiting for our online orders to finally arrive.