Archive for the ‘time’ Category

by Sandeep Karode

Professor Ramesh Sitaraman at the University of Massachusetts found that viewers of online streaming videos were pretty patient for up to 2 seconds. “If you start out with, say, 100 users — if the video hasn’t started in five seconds, about one-quarter of those viewers are gone, and if the video doesn’t start in 10 seconds, almost half of those viewers are gone.” Sitaraman says. The full story is here.

Imagine that! 10 seconds has become waay too long of a wait!

I have noticed this same impatience while driving! Next time you are stopped at a traffic light and the light turns green, look in the rear view mirror and observe the reaction of the person in the car behind you if you do not move for 5 seconds! Same thing, impatience!

Same thing in the check out line of a grocery store. If the person in front of you is taking longer than you… think… they… should… take…, notice the reaction inside of you. If you are observant enough, you will notice a wee bit of irritation cropping up!

We’re getting so used to instant everything!

Louis CK summarizes this precisely. In his act Everything is amazing and nobody is happy, he says, “We live in this amazing amazing world and its wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots that don’t care.”.

Louis CK may be exaggerating a little bit, but seriously, what is the hurry? What do you have to do that is so important ALL THE TIME?

All this perceived urgency is leading to stress accumulating inside of you! Radio Lab did this masterful piece on Stress and how it affects our physical body. In this clip, listen from time stamp 13:36 through 18:31, Stanford University neurologist Dr. Robert Sapolsky says that in modern day life, the body turns on stress responses in anticipation of stressors and this leads to all the stress related ailments that the modern day physician is presented with!

So, next time 10 seconds seems way too long, take a deep breath. It’s only your mind doing its thing. Now let go!

And then there are techniques out there that one can learn. One such technique is the Art of Living Course. Check it out! It changed my life!

The picture below helps put time into perspective! 10 seconds… really??



Sandeep Karode

is a Ph.D. Chemical Engineer with 15+ years of industrial research experience in advanced separations. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, he teaches the Art of Living Course to the general public to help them find inner peace, relaxation, joy and effortlessly de-stress using the powerful breathing technique called Sudarshan Kriya.


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