Technology is a wonderful thing. There is no doubt about it. Everything from the foods we eat to medical science can thank technology for amazing advances, and one of the major benefits is experiencing these advances in real time. Techies pride themselves on giving the world the ability to experience in real time things like the stock market, politics, medical breakthroughs, and so much more. However, there seems to be some sort of contradiction in terms when it comes to “real time.” Is this real time? Let’s take a look.

In the Words of Willie Wonka

Perhaps one of the most memorable parts of the classic children’s filmWillie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is where Willie Wonka spouts that now famous quote “So much time and so little to do.” While you get a chuckle out of this twist on an old adage, isn’t this the place technology has brought us to?Isn’t that what ‘real time’ has done for the world? Instead of spending hours searching for insight or working out complex mathematical solutions, a few clicks of the mouse and you have your answer right there. It’s techies you can thank for that, but at what cost to them?

We’ve Gone Real Time Crazy

So then, what’s the point in all this? Just take a moment to look around you. What do you see? Everyone is on some kind of device, whether it is a mobile phone, a tablet, a desktop, or even a gaming system. That’s what ‘real time’ has become in the 21st century. But, is it real? Whatever happened to taking time to smell the roses? Whatever happened to spending real time with our friends and family? It’s about time, no pun intended, we took back real time, and no one needs it more than those techies who have made our lives so convenient.

An Old Twist on Gaming Technology

For starters, why not an old twist on gaming technology? One of the high points in the life of any gamer is competing against foes online in, here we have it again, real time. Isn’t it more fun to take a group of friends to a Boston Escape Room to compete against the clock? Here, you have a gaming experience but in real, real-time! For one hour, you and your friends are ‘locked’ in a puzzle room where you must solve the mystery before your time runs out. Some make it on time; others don’t. But the fun is the camaraderie you experience while working at breakneck speed to find the clues to solve the mystery/puzzle.

For techies, this may be the first time they are asked to solve something without the aid of technology! That’s real time in real time. Anthropological studies have also established that everyone needs a break from technology if only to get them up and moving. You’ve been working your brain day and night to solve the world’s most perplexing issues, why not give your body a workout too? Get up, get out and have fun – that’s real time and that’s what techies need.