Somewhere along the way, in all this cloud and mobile madness, we have been carrying time machines around in our pockets. Now they are making us anticipative. Will it happen now? What will happen next?
It’s happening because dots are being joined and patterns identified and we are now used to these connections providing us useful information at ever faster rates.
So now, there’s an anxiety you feel even though often you don’t know it. It’s the feeling you get when you have sent a message and you are waiting for a reply. The feeling you get when you are waiting for those three dots or “someone is typing…” to turn into a reply you can analyse and process.
Happiness turns on the outcome. There’s banter so a companionable evening is on the cards; someone’s getting married so there’s slack to be taken up, the pug’s on the run again, the new gadget is on the way!
Knowledge dawns on the outcome – and suddenly it’s #MeToo. Sometimes it’s insight and you learn something.
Mostly though, it creates a shared connection. I belong. I am connected. I am not alone. It feeds the biggest anxiety we have in our lives. The answer to the offer, “Come, take my hand.” Do I trust you?
We have been talking about the effect that this digital journey has been making on our s