Most have fewer children than their parents had, but don’t they have many more crying & vying for attention? We have no more time for the basics of life; sorry, haven’t the basics & the priorities changed? From cradle to grave, one is on a run to get everything faster; too much to do, but the time available is constant! Things could change only if our longevity is more, with the advance of science. Then again, our hands would be full, every moment! Yes, the lifestyles are changing, with our attention span getting shorter. Multi-tasking is the order of the day; that was a no-go, a generation ago, with our elders insisting on focusing on the job at hand!
There are exhortations & the avenues for doing more; we are encouraged to have multiple sources of income. Why not, when stock, foreign exchange and many other data are streamed into hand-held gadgets? One can make, or more likely, lose money on the go! Even those in the cutting edge of technology, in research & science, farmers in the fields are enticed with ways, how easy it is to make money while on their jobs. Even they are made aware of book values, earnings multiples, value investing and what not!
The whole world is under the euphoria created by marketing whiz-kids that money is just there for the plucking! Those who miss the boat would regret later! If the stock prices come off by 50%, it is a better buy still, forget the losses of the earlier investments! Most young in developed countries want to work for the multinationals; anything else is for the losers! The latter are not up to scratch in technology & those employed in them are the losers! Of course, the best is still to be self-employed.
Jumping across companies or even borders is par for the course. Even the traditional Japanese & conservative Asian societies are in the bandwagon of even the kicking ladders away once a higher plane is reached! There is no time to lose, with many dreaming of retirement years by the beach & under the sun, sooner the better! Why not, as one need not even retire at all from the money making process, which can be indulged-in from anywhere!
The traditional family values have changed, no problem for many as everything is temporary in life; we come with nothing, leave also the same, so why bother? The news media makes everybody look like a bumbling fool, so we are all equally well or poorly endowed! Just make merry, enjoy the moments & the future will take care of itself!
The impact on society is works in progress still, as the effect of change in approach to our lives is not manifested in full! There is still the older generation to patch things up, when the push comes to shove! They still find the time to do traditional things like find the time for family; lend an ear and a helping hand for those in need, in total, little things in life that make it worth the while! It is not dollars & cents, every moment of our lives, yet! But that day is not far off; each an island by himself!