Not long ago people believed that in the future we would work less, have more free time and be more relaxed.  But sadly, this has not happened.  Today we work harder, work longer hours and are more stressed than ten years ago. 

We walk faster, talk faster and sleep less than previous generations.  Although we are obsessed with machines that save us time, we have less free time than our parents and grandparents had.  But what is this doing to our health?

  1. Newspaper articles today are shorter and the headlines are bigger.  Most people don’t have enough time to read the articles, they only read the headlines!  On TV and the radio newsreaders speak more quickly than ten years ago.
  2. In the USA there is a book called ‘One-minute bedtime stories’ for children.  These are shorter versions of traditional stories, written for busy parents who want to save time.
  3. Some answer phones now have ‘quick playback’ buttons so that we can re-play peoples messages faster.  We can’t waste time listening to people speaking at normal speed.
  4. Even when we relax we do everything more quickly.  Ten years ago when people went to art galleries they spent 10 seconds looking at each picture.  Today they spend three seconds!
  5. In the USA the national sport, baseball is not as popular as before because it is a slow game and matches take a long time.  Nowadays people prefer faster and more dynamic sports like basketball.
  6. The only thing that is slower than before is the way we drive.  Our cars are faster but the traffic is worse so we drive more slowly.  We spend more time sitting in our cars, feeling stressed because we are worried we won’t arrive on time.  Experts predict that in ten years the average speed on the roads in cities will be 17KM/h.

Highlighted are the expressions of time that used frequently within business english.

Don't have enough time.

Save time.

Waste time.

Take a long time.

Spend more time.

Arrive on time.