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Dr. Farman Talks “Delayed Response” with The Atlantic

Dr. Farman Talks “Delayed Response” with The Atlantic

Dr. Jason Farman recently sat down for a fascinating interview with The Atlantic regarding his new book, Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World.

From The Atlantic:

Joe Pinsker: I find that one of the phrases I type most frequently is “Sorry for the delay,” and it’s something other people often write to me too. What layers of meaning are bundled up in that phrase?

Jason Farman: When we’re apologizing for our delays, I think we’re acknowledging how busy we all are, and how overwhelming it is to have as many messages come at us with expectations throughout a day. As technology has increased the pace of life, we are given a moral imperative of using our time wisely and using our time productively, but it’s getting more and more difficult, because the expectations are coupled with the acceleration of connection.

So waiting, within that context, is often understood as wasted time: When someone makes me wait, they’re wasting my most valuable resource, my time, and preventing me from living up to that moral expectation of using time wisely. My book, then, tries to flip that on its head, to look at how waiting can be an antidote to some of these notions of acceleration and productivity that we actually just can’t keep up with.

Read the full interview at The Atlantic.

Click here for more information on Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World.

 

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