In case you don’t already realize it, patience is more of a virtue than ever before, judging by a recent survey conducted by the British organization OnePoll, whose findings revealed that three quarters of those responding feel that technology such as smartphones are responsible for an ever-growing lack of patience.

According to OnePoll, a survey of 2,000 British adults reveals that the luxuries and conveniences of modern life are making people very impatient.

Three-quarters of respondents say they believe the “dominance of digital technology, including smartphones and on-demand televisions” are among the culprits.

I pass through the traffic light in Riverdale on a daily basis, and I can relate to OnePoll findings that indicate drivers become frustrated after just 25 seconds of waiting for a traffic light to change.

I feel inclined to break out a newspaper or write a check while waiting for a light to change, but I realize that’s the quickest way for a light to turn from red to green.

The survey revealed that almost 40% of respondents had lost their patience while trying to take notes and keep up with a speaker during a class or meeting, and a lot of respondents indicated they couldn’t wait for ink to dry on a greeting card.

That’s pretty bad, and I can be just as impatient, just ask my co-workers or anyone having contact with me on more than a casual basis.

Spoiled rotten, that can be a culprit, and I’ve written many times about how good I had it while growing up, compared to my parents, who battled the Great Depression.

Instant gratification was not part of their vocabulary, rather it was nose to the grindstone and be thankful for what you have.

Many of us don’t know our neighbors, and having a sense of community is something that seems to be missing nowadays.

The internet is a wonderful tool, but it can spoil many of us, and just imagine having to deal with a tragedy such as a hurricane, which can knock out power for weeks, perhaps months at a time.

My heart goes out to those in the path of Hurricane Dorian when hunkering down or evacuating are the only options and to those having to deal with total devastation and reversion to third world status.

Patience is more than just a virtue to them. It’s a necessary part of survival, something we all need to take more notice of in an impatient world.

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Doug Ford covers news and sports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at