The world is full of concepts, items, people, places, and words that all are all "fillers" in our life. Our world has became a world full of disappointment, swayed perception of reality, and low work ethic. This is due to the world becoming full of instant gratification (and increasing daily). Day to day we seek more and more of this instant gratification, temporary satisfaction, and false perspective of happiness, that we get carried away with ourselves. Social media becomes about how many likes you get, you judge yourself and others based on clothing, you seek for more and more compliments and attention....all driven from our false perception of happiness. Life is much more than instant gratification.
Instant Gratification Results In Disappointment
Instant gratification is the biggest culprit to our unhappy society. We expect everything NOW and we expect everything to be PERFECT. We want the perfect car, perfect girl (or guy), and perfect life. We want it all, and we want any short-cut to get us their NOW. We want....no, we NEED that surge of happiness and thrill! We are so desperate for it that we find things that fill the need without even having benefit towards our happiness. Things like pornography, social media likes, video games, material items, phone notifications, and such are perfect examples of things people fill their life with for instant gratification. We have a surge of happiness during, but then came back to reality right after. We realize that after we are done, the void in our life is still there. This results in disappointment when we are back to reality.
Instant Gratification Results In False Expectations
Reality is much different than what we perceive it to be. We grow up with instant gratification and expectations towards the "real world". Think of kids you may know who grew up spoiled. Didn't their attitude towards life end up different? They expected things handed to them as they got older, right? Same can be said about aspects of our lives. Take video games, pornography, social media likes, and such into perspective. With video games you play by the rules and you grind to the top, while cheaters get banned and those that are bad at the game lose. In life this is not the case. Grinding does not promise success, "leveling up" in life is not based on experience, and there are cheaters every day that makes millions of dollars. In pornography, you get access to the hottest women of your preference and have a "no strings attached" satisfaction. In reality, relationships are not all sexual and are not always happy. Relationships have their ups and downs, as well as deals with more of an emotional connection. These are just two examples, but as you can see your instant gratification and swayed perception of life brings about false expectations.
Instant Gratification Results In Quitting
Nothing in life worth having was ever attained easily or without effort. What happens when someone is used to getting everything they want and when they want it ends up having to work hard for a long time to attain something? More than likely they do not finish the work needed to be done in order to attain what they desire. Work ethic is a huge trait needed to achieve success in your endeavors. Work ethic lowers as your ability and frequency of instant gratification increases. You get what you want when you want it and get used to that. Your work ethic starts to dwindle. When you finally have to work for something you are frustrated about the work, contemplate if you even desire the thing you wish to attain, and eventually quit. A successful relationship, career, or website all require work ethic and effort.
Instant gratification not only holds you back from your happiness and success, but also sways your perception of reality. Instant gratification results in disappointment through just being a filler for the void in your life, results in false expectations through differences in your filler and reality, and results in quitting through lack of work ethic. Instant gratification can is not just false, but also temporary. The high may feel great, but the low becomes even lower as you take a look back at reality and see that your life is still the same. What comes to you instantly, goes away just as fast. Instant gratification is never the answer, self improvement and progressing your life is.