Time, in some ridiculous way, has decided to encapsulate us all. I marvel at the amount of websites, books, articles and tweets devoted to the subject. When walking past bookshop windows at least one of the works on display has decided it their task to explain to us the quandary that is time.
When presented with the science of time one can only nod. Time is, there is little we can do about that. Of course, some people would argue that that statement alone is filled with exaggeration and such inexplicable complexity that the boldness I present in making such a claim is mainly evidence of me being a complete nincompoop.
Each person has an individual perspective on time; what it is, what it I will be, if it expands, deteriorates then recuperates or both or all at ones or something else, like clouds but with trees in them.
Philip Zimbardo, famed psychologist reaching notoriety in the early 70’s as the conductor and superintendent of the Stanford Prison Experiment, and John Boyd, research manager at Google, surveyed 10.000 adults over 30 years on their individual views of time. They presented their results in the 2008 book “The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life”.
They argue that ones own attitude to time is a crucial determinate in life. It affects mental health, wealth and relationships e.g. people with different time perspectives sometimes marry, then because of their differing views on time they have different approaches to child raising or how to handle personal finances or when to clear out the basement and as a result they may become unhappily married or divorced. That’ s sad, unnecessary and possibly avoidable.
The book offers ways to categorize and if necessary free oneself from what can be a damaging time perspective. This applies on both individual and collective levels as is explained in the third paradox: “Individual attitudes toward time are learned through personal experience, yet collectively attitudes toward time influence national destinies”. A nation or company can encourage destructive perspectives by promoting short-term thinking and instant gratification.
Not surprisingly the best approach is a balanced one, involving a positive view of past experiences while enjoying the present with a healthy awareness of the future.
Article by Engadget here
Yesterday Mutewatch made the design of Mutewatch official – aiming to give the world a sneak peek of what we’ve been working on the past two years…
What we thought would be a small little happening turned out to be a BIG BANG ! The minute Engadget (and shortly after Gizmodo, read it here) wrote about Mutewatch our server broke down because of the amount of people entering the website. We started to get e-mails from small blogs that had written about us after noticing the stream of people entering their pages after searching for Mutewatch on Google. People left comments on our facebook page about wanting to order one, e-mailed us, texted us etc etc.
So what did we do? Even though it was after hours in Sweden I managed to get a hold of the mobile number for the CEO of Crystone (after highjacking the power from all the tv-screens at some random rock bar as I was picking up a delivery in the middle of nowhere with low battery on my phone). He organised so that 600 other websites were shut down in order to try to get our homepage up and running – but it still wasn’t enough. Things got even worse (better?) when Sweden started to get what was happening and published interviews made months ago, pictures of the product, sharing on Facebook – not aware of the fact that the current break down was evidence of Engadget’s power and the huge interest in the product, all over the world!
We’ve been working in the basement – hoping and dreaming that in the end you will like what we do. What a reaction! It’s only been 24 hours since the press release and the amount of e-mails we’ve got from people all over the world providing us with their advice, help and cheerful greeting is just madness. Thank you all!! We’re listening, we’re excited and we’re looking forward to provide you with Mutewatch!
People stay tuned! We promise to provide you with some more info about the product within short as we continue our hard working journey! This will be a great deal of fun – and we’re happy that so many have joined the ride already! Keep on providing us with your thoguhts – we love it!
Mai-Li et al.