It’s fascinating when you look at how different life is now from how it was some 20 years ago. My father tells me about how they used to print research papers and send them via post to be published in a journal, and how he’d wait for weeks, or even months, to receive a reply. One of my professors told us a story of how they used to travel to the capital city of Jordan (about a 1-hour drive from my university), request a research paper they wanted to read, pay some fees, and wait for about a month until they received it so they’d be able to just read it!
We have it easy. Do you need to find a research paper? Just log in from your university account and you can instantly browse hundreds of thousands of research papers worldwide. We email things in an instant and panic if we don’t receive a reply within 48-72 working hours. Maybe we’re even trying to turn into the technology we’ve created.
People are nothing like tech devices. You cannot restart your brain when you’re having a bad day, and you can’t just delete a bad picture. You need to process your surroundings and understand that every mistake is forgivable, but it’s not as instant as dragging something to the trashcan on your desktop. In a world where everything has become within reach, it may be hard to grasp that humans will always be a complex entanglement of emotions, perceptions and prospectives. Humans are hard work.
Every gesture you make is translated into hundreds of different codes and meanings that are unique from person to person. Technology is easy, a given variable produces a previously set and desired outcome. So, don’t be surprised when someone’s reaction isn’t what you expect it to be. Try to understand where they’re coming from. After all, even identical twins are different.