Stuff takes too long. I’m busy. I don’t have time.
“An Associated Press poll has found an impatient nation. It’s a nation that gets antsy after five minutes on hold on the phone and 15 minutes max in a line… The Department of Motor Vehicles, the U.S. version of the old Soviet bread line, is among the top spots where Americans hate to wait. But grocery stores are the worst.
And it seems people don’t mellow with age. The survey found older people to be more impatient than younger people. Nor does getting away from the urban pressure cooker make much difference. People in the country and the suburbs can bear a few more minutes in a line before losing it than city inhabitants can, but that’s it…
The typical supercenter shopper spends 25 to 30 minutes in the store, but many think they’ve been there an hour…
Nearly one in five owned up to speaking rudely to someone in the last few months when they weren’t served efficiently.
In the survey, 54 percent said they can wait no more than five minutes on hold before losing their patience. Only 7 percent could bear more than 20 minutes.”
And, since it’s Memorial Day: “John Vivian, 72, of Lantana, Florida, can wait “hours” on hold on the phone. “I spent 23 years in the military and if you spent 23 years in the military, you don’t lose your patience… Life is too short to be upset.”