I think the vast number of individuals who engage within the constructs of modern society along with the access to various technological advances used therein suffer from having “no time to think.”
The large amount of man-hours dedicated to the maintenance of high productivity levels and the large amount of information generated from such productivity, have led to a society of individuals overworked without opportunity to fully recharge, and overwhelmed to cope with the mass influx of data that bombards the senses to the point where they are rarely used and become devalued.
As a result, we are left in states of de-movitation and demoralization; the waning of the desire to engage with the muse of creativity and the fulfillment of goals, leaving behind remnants of mental faculty that are mostly applied to the gain of lustful objects and experiences, which inevitably conjures malformed concepts of prosperity, leading to the misguided pathways of life.
This, of course, is not limited to the software developer (SD), an individual who has, unceremoniously, been placed at the assembly line of boxed-software production. The SD often feels compelled to adapt to the onslaught of new technology with which to apply, to the fullest, in an area of production within the constraints of time, leaving little room to fully absorb, reflect, identify, and understand the causality and contradiction connected thereto.
As a software developer, I often feel overwhelmed with not only learning something new (I love learning, without a doubt!) but to meet the high demand of implementing the new learning with high precision, and within a relatively short amount of time (often imposed by the project owner due to what’s affecting its environment), leaving little downtime to think about how such an implementation will impact a project overall.
But, again, this is not limited to the software developer. Many people through different walks of life are overwhelmed by the wealth of data that stream to and fro, through different channels at different rates of frequency. Journalists, researchers, medical and legal professionals are among those who are likely to experience such a plague, from which can spread and affect all others.
Yes, new technology has allowed us to access more information than ever before within relatively short periods of time; but we simply need ample time to adequately focus our thoughts and contemplate their implications in order to gain a better understanding and make better decisions — all without the fear of repercussions from any downtime of productivity and resource generating. If not, such a fear will not be without irony.