Woa. Hang on. Did you just think of necrophiliac?
Yeah you did. Not cool, reader. And you’ve probably never heard of neophilia either (I hadn’t until three months ago).
And why do we all know what necrophilia is? So wrong.
‘the tendency to like anything new; the love of novelty’.
And if you’re a Millenial, or part of Gen Now as I prefer, then that’s you. Guilty. (I know I am too.)
You can now begin to chant to yourself softly, “One of us, one of us.”
Gen Now has managed to develop an insatiable appetite for newer, faster, shinier objects.
As thought-leader Seth Godin recently put it,
“…there’s an increasing desire, almost a panic, for something new. Yesterday was a million years ago, and tomorrow is already here. The rush for new continues to increase, and it is now surpassing our ability to satisfy it.”
We’re fuelling a society that’s forever in a rush. And it’s all flashing by so fast that things are starting to not make sense.
:: We’ve always got somewhere to be, yet we don’t know where we’re headed.
:: We’re desperate to upload new photos and share status stories with ex-colleagues and high school buddies who don’t actually give a shit.
:: We can instantly chat face-to-face irrespective of the oceans between us, but then we get so frustrated when the video is slow.
:: We talk more than ever, and yet we have nothing to say.
Everything is fast-tracked, and even that’s too slow. Are we there yet?
What’s more worrying is neophilia cultivates impatience. Impatience leads to dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction leads to sad. face.
So don’t let impatience get in the way.
Savour what you’ve got.
Forget what you don’t got.
Embrace the journey.