10 Simple Pleasures the Modern World Has Robbed You Of

There are a lot of great things about the
modern world, including instant communication, a wealth of amazing entertainment options,
access (depending on your part of the world) to some of the best healthcare in history,
and the ability to travel all over the world at incredible speeds that our ancestors would
have found mind-boggling. However, all good things also have their downsides,
and there are some negatives to our modern conveniences that we often don’t think too
much about, sometimes because the modern convenience has hidden some past joys entirely from our
view. In today’s article, we will go over 10 examples
of this phenomenon. 10. An Unobstructed View Of The Night Sky It used to be that most people could look
up at the night sky and see an absolutely stunning vista. You could see a multitude of colored stars,
and you could certainly imagine how your ancient ancestors could have once gazed up at that
same sky, and imagined all the various powers that have been attributed to them in the past. Now, however, the modern world has largely
taken that joy away from us. Due to light pollution, you often have to
travel a good days drive from what some would call “civilization” in order to get a
proper view of the night sky. Sometimes 50 miles or so can get you a decent
view in one direction, but it is rarely going to get you a fully proper 360 degree view,
unless you already live in an an area that’s relatively remote. And even if you can get all the way to those
few spots left, you will still have satellites, planes and other flying objects drifting through
your view, and polluting the once pristine view of the night sky. While planes and all the city lights give
us great convenience, there is an absolutely stunning view hiding right in plain sight,
that most of us will live our entire lives never getting to see. 9. Leisurely, Peaceful Meals, With Time To Talk
And Digest Our Food Now, while some countries still take time
to linger over meals for the sake of tradition (such as France and Greece), many other major
powers such as the UK and the USA eat much quicker. An International Economic Study by the OECD
Think Tank found that the United States spent about one hour total on average per day on
meals, the UK only about one hour and 19 minutes, and the French, on average, spent two hours
and 13 minutes on combined mealtimes, making them the most leisurely with their meals. The industrial revolution has made the world
move incredibly fast, and people in many countries just find themselves spending less and less
time eating food as the world becomes faster paced and they have to keep going quickly
to survive. It has been well established for some time
that there is a strong link between weight gain and eating far too quickly, which is
what makes this modern trend alarming. As people eat quicker and quicker in order
to keep up with the fast paced modern world, they don’t take the time to properly digest
their food, which makes it far easier to overeat. And of course, overeating is a huge contributor
to obesity, and other serious weight gain related health problems. 8. Seeing A Phone Number We Don’t Recognize,
And Not Being Afraid To Answer Phone calls have certainly gotten more advanced
over the years, and even most of the older generation tends to agree that advances like
caller ID, voicemail, and the like were really good ideas that made things a lot better. However, all the same, it used to be a lot
more normal to answer a phone call from a number you didn’t recognize, without actually
expecting some kind of devilry. Unfortunately, telephone scams are numerous
and make up a staggering percentage of calls, so much that the telecoms and the FCC are
trying to work to find a way to bring an end to it, or at least cut it down in a large
way in the short term. Elderly people often get fooled by scam calls
the most, but the scammers, trying to find someone to steal from, will target anyone
they can get to answer the phone for a little while, and will try to trick important financial
details out of people. Now, no one really wants to answer a number
they don’t recognize, as they are almost expecting it to be a scam caller of some kind,
and with text, Facebook messenger and Snapchat, people tend to just communicate through those
mediums in some way or another, and don’t bother to talk for more than a few minutes. The days of people simply calling and having
a chat, or being able to answer an unknown number without paranoia, are mostly gone. 7. The Ability To “Go Offline” For A While
Without Severe Anxiety It used to be that before the internet and
smartphones changed the world, people had to talk to each other, read a book or engage
their hands in something perhaps a little more productive. At the very least, when spending time with
someone else, they generally had to do something with them and make conversation. Now, however, people will spend hours hanging
out staring at their phones, occasionally showing the other person a funny meme and
making sure their phone is charged at all times. And it is certainly a useful tool to have,
but it has become an entertainment crutch for many people for any sort of boredom, and
has become such a part of us that many people now get anxious and upset if they don’t
have their phone on them or have it charged. According to a study by researchers from the
Hungarian Academy of Sciences at the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, roughly three
quarters of young adults suffered anxiety like twitching, or even scratching when observed
for research purposes without their smartphones. 6. Delayed Gratification Is Something A Lot Of
Even Older People Are Forgetting It used to be that you had to wait for certain
times for your TV shows to be on, but now anyone can typically just binge their favorite
shows without bothering to even wait for commercial breaks, which means even many of the older
generation are forgetting the joy of delayed gratification. Across all generations, whether it is a self-scan
at the grocery store or a second drive thru lane at McDonald’s, we are all being trained
to hate waiting for more than a few seconds. No matter what the generation, people in developed
countries seem to have become less and less willing to wait for anything, and this likely
isn’t good for any of us overall. The evidence for this goes back to the famous
Marshmallow study, conducted by Stanford professor Walter Mischel in the 1960s. He offered children a marshmallow, but told
them if they could wait while the researchers were out of the room, they would get a second
marshmallow. As you can imagine, some of the children went
ahead and just ate the marshmallow, while others resisted the temptation. After following them for 40 years, the numbers
showed better success at SATs and the like, and less issues with stress and substance
abuse, among those who had waited to gain that second marshmallow. This suggests that delayed gratification is
a very useful tool for success in life. 5. Learning A New Hobby (And Impressing Our Friends
And Feeling Super Cool About It) While this isn’t something we have lost
entirely, there is a certain magic that is definitely gone, due to the ubiquity of the
internet. Before the ability for everyone in the world
to instantly record and upload anything they do, it actually took some exploring and discovering
to get the information you needed for a brand new hobby, and then, once you actually figured
it all out — or at least the basics of it — you were usually the only one any of your
friends knew who could do something quite like that, at least at first (if it doesn’t
catch on with others around you). However, now we really have lost that simple
happiness, as people have become so incredibly jaded. It isn’t as hard to get into a new hobby
anymore, as you can find a billion tips on the internet, easy starter kits for everything,
and a ton of people who can do it a lot better than you. And of course, it’s right at the fingertips
of your friends, too. While they may still be somewhat impressed
to see someone do it live, and encourage you as their friend, it certainly won’t wow
them as much when they can go online and immediately find someone who can do it a million times
better than you can, who has been doing it for years. It also can make it hard to keep up with your
hobby when it’s so easy to compare yourself to actual experts, and feel discouraged at
how long it takes you to reach that level. The internet has sort of ruined us. (Except this site, of course — keep reading
this site, guys!) 4. Being Able To Relax Away From Unnatural Or
Industrial Noises It really wasn’t that long ago, back before
the industrial revolution, when we had a much more peaceful world (with regard to noise
pollution and, well, regular pollution). There were no big factories belching smoke. You go back a little longer and we didn’t
even have trains. No WiFi, constant radio communication, internet,
or satellites, and no planes constantly flying overhead. All the sound pollution, both audible to the
human ear and not, was almost entirely non-existent just a few hundred years ago, but now there
is almost no escape from it. And while you have to go out of the way, you
can get a mostly unobstructed view of the night sky if you travel far enough (although
you will still see planes and such), but it is a much more difficult issue when it comes
to noise. Researchers who have tried to find any quiet
spots on earth have only found spots that are temporarily quiet from unnatural sounds. No matter how far you go, at the very least,
the occasional airplane will fly by and ruin the natural soundscape you were trying to
enjoy. Planes may be convenient, but there are tens
of thousands of flights every day, and the sound from them constantly soaring through
the sky has made every corner of the globe a site for intermittent noise pollution. 3. Waking Up To Natural Circadian Rhythms Is
An Almost Non-Existent Privilege It used to be we just kind of went to bed
and got up based on our natural alarm clock, but electronic aids now wake the world up. This is also kind of necessary now, because
almost no one goes to bed shortly after sundown, or gets up at sunrise anymore. The privilege of simply going to bed like
everyone else does, and knowing the whole world has pretty much the same schedule and
will be waiting for you when you get up, is gone. Now we go to bed at all sorts of weird hours,
sometimes for only brief snatches, and many types of workers have schedules where shifts
change throughout the week, leaving their poor bodies even more confused. On top of that, many are so trapped by social
media, that even waking up for a brief moment, they have to check their feed — this kind
of behavior is not good for our sleep patterns. 2. There Is Now No Escape From Shocking, Horrible
And Grotesquely Sensational News With the ubiquity of the internet and the
24-hour news cycle, we now have access to news from any corner of the world at all times
and a corresponding need to fill air space. While you’ll see the occasional positive
human interest story, the news is mostly dominated by the worst of the worst, and because of
such instant, worldwide, mass communication, no editor has any trouble filling their entire
news block with a stream of horrific goings on. No longer are the days when the news could
simply only find so much negative to give you, and wasn’t going to be on 24 hours
a day regardless, so at least you got a break. For some people this puts them in a quandary,
as they feel as a responsible person they should keep up with the news, but it can be
hard to filter out the important things from the constant horror. No matter how important you think it is to
keep up with it, you may want to be careful about your consumption. Multiple replicated studies have found that
people who viewed negative news broadcasts have more anxiety afterwards, and are more
likely to start talking at length about things that worry them, and make them out in their
heads to be something far bigger than they are. 1. The Constant Fear Of A Lawsuit Over Everything
Has Left Us All On Edge In the news over the past several years, we’ve
seen a steady stream of stories about little kid’s lemonade stands getting shut down
by city authorities, with the police sometimes literally coming in and tearing them down. And just recently, the State of Texas passed
a law specifically aimed to not make it so impossible for children to run a simple lemonade
stand. However, we have to understand that the reason
behind the police taking down lemonade stands is not to be mean to children, but due to
the way our modern world works. Today, it is not just the US legal system,
but also American culture that has become extremely sue-happy. State laws regarding licenses and permits,
which these lemonade stands obviously don’t have, because they are run by children, require
you to be inspected and get licensed, because it both protects the public safety, and protects
the proprietor from lawsuits. Now of course some may consider it silly to
sue a child, because if you get sick drinking lemonade from a child’s stand obviously
you understand that you took the risk in your hands. However, if someone got sick, it could potentially
open the child’s parent up to a lawsuit, and perhaps the city as well if it could be
proven they were negligent in their duty to make sure roadside food stands are properly
licensed and inspected for food safety. Whether it is a lemonade stand being smashed
to bits by the police, or a parent freaking out at a neighborhood kid climbing their tree
(over fear of them potentially falling), the lawsuit-happy culture of the modern world
has left America on edge.

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