The Double Space

I have a pet peeve.  I have many, but here are my top three:

  1. Cash only places
  2. Traffic jams
  3. The single space after the period.  It makes me c l a u s t r o p h o b i c.

I began to notice this phenomena a while back, the single space between sentences.  It began through email.  I thought someone made a typo or it was their writing style – funny looking, but acceptable nonetheless.  I kept seeing it after every single sentence.  I thought, “This person must’ve not passed English class.”

Then I began to notice it everywhere – online, advertisements, magazines.  Why would anyone decide to take away the extra-breathing room that my eyes appreciate after each sentence?  Why?

I believe it’s because of speed and cost.  The double space slows the writer down. The double space slows the reader down.  The extra spaces, collectively, take up too much room which could mean dollars in print advertisements or pages in a book.  I mean, can you think of any other reason?

Speed.  It really speaks to how much faster the world is moving and that everything now comes with a price.  It seems to me that every aspect of our lives are filled to the brim and we manage to find new ways to fill it up with even more.  Every minute of our lives are booked with appointments, meetings, extra-curricular activities, and events.  The lunch hour is now a meeting hour.  Songs are chock full of lyrics, you can’t even hear the melody anymore; they might as well call them poems.  No wonder these last few years, since I became pregnant with my son, I began to listen to only classical music radio stations.  I wouldn’t say I love all classical music.  I hate the Baroque style – too stuffy – but at least there are no words.  I also began to love the sound of Gregorian chants.  The chants are nothing but words but I can never make out what they are saying, so to me, it is pure melody.

What is the cost of this fast moving lifestyle?  Our deteriorating health. We wear ourselves out with exhaustion.  Our brains are overloaded.  I personally am overwhelmed by the many things I am juggling along with what I need to remember.  As a working mom, I literally feel my brain pulsating from fatigue.  I know I’m not the only one, too.  I am forgetful to begin with but some days, I begin to wonder how this will affect me when I am a senior.  One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.   I do not want to be that one in 10.

As a society, we have pushed ourselves and our children to think, speak and move so much faster compared to generations before.  We are pushing ourselves and everyone around us beyond our limits to keep up with the world.  How can this be good for our children, our own future?  The worst thing is it has become the norm.  The attempt to do things faster at a cheaper price, cannot be good for us.

God made heaven and earth and all the creatures in 6 days.  He took his time.  And it’s a good thing he instituted Sundays as rest days.  Judging by what I am seeing today, I can only imagine what the modern day, global society and culture would do with Sundays, rest days, if it had its way.  It could easily get rid of it like the extra space.  Let’s not add something else to my list of pet peeves.

Thankfully, I’m not the only one who has this opinion.  This man is filing a petition with Congress to reinstate the double-space.  I vote YES!

In Defense Of Space (The Extra One After A Period)

Silver Lining:  Saturdays, but ESPECIALLY Sundays.