A few months back when I was spending time with my nephew, we were in a place where 4G bandwidth was comparatively low. He took my cellphone and started opening apps, he opened one, waited for 3-4 seconds, the app took time to load the data, he closed it, picked another app and did the same, he must have done with 8-10 apps.
I watched him do this and after a couple of minutes he gave me back my cellphone, it was evident that he had lost interest. I said, “You asked me for the cellphone, why did you return it in a couple of minutes?” He said, “It’s very slow and it’s not loading.” He was not patient enough to wait for 15 or 30 seconds for an app to get loaded.
He is 8 years old, he started his internet life in 3G and is now living in a 4G era, a generation where Wi-Fi has an average speed of 50-100 Mbps. I remembered the time I accessed my very first internet connection at home, it was a 56 Kbps dial up connection. If you wanted to download a 50MB file it took almost 2 hours. In our current 4G era 50MB is downloaded in a couple of seconds. I had the patience to wait then, and when it was upgraded to 512 Kbps (basic broadband ) it felt like a fortune, a luxury to me. I would wait for hours and hours for webpages and files to get downloaded on MySpace or Orkut.
Of course, we cannot blame the younger generations who have no clue about that era of the internet, though. They lack the patience we had while using gadgets and other technological products of this decade.
Today I am gratefully remembering the technology and the kind of bandwidth and internet connectivity we are blessed to have with us which literally brings the whole world to our fingertips!
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