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  • Writer's pictureNia Buntin

Managing the "Insta-Life"

DoorDash, fast food, Instacart, Instant Pot. What do all of these words have in common?

They all involve the word “fast” or a synonym of the word “fast”. These are all products or services that involve quick delivery of food and groceries--speeding up the process of obtaining food or a service.

We have recently become more obsessed and fascinated with this idea of an “Insta-Life”. For example, when we go out to eat, we expect to have our food in a speedy manner. When we go to the grocery store, we always look for the check-out lane with the shortest amount of people or use the self-checkout so that we can expedite the grocery shopping process. I am also guilty of this!

Whenever I go to Chipotle, I order ahead on the app so that I can walk in and grab my food, instead of waiting the 5 minutes (if there is a line), to go through the line and choose what I want. I even find myself going to the shorter line at Chick-Fil-A to get my food even faster.

In general, it is a part of human nature to want services or processes to happen quickly. But now, with the advancement of technology, we want or expect these processes to be delivered even swifter. Maybe the notion that “Life is too short” implies that we must not waste time in a grocery store checkout line, or waste time baking chicken in the oven when you can bake it even faster in an instant pot. Regardless, I disagree with this reasoning.

I believe that because “life is too short”, it should be spent in the longest checkout line at Walmart and taking the time to breathe and appreciate the smaller moments. Put your life in a metaphorical “slow cooker” or Crock-Pot, instead of an Insta-Pot, and really take the time to appreciate and enjoy every moment, even the slow, less exciting, mundane moments.


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