As internet connections and processing speeds have increased, some websites have begun to build in artificial waiting periods to complete requested actions. Facebook could perform its security scan instantly on request, but it incorporates a short wait, because instantaneous actions are perceived as less valid, less deep.
"Let’s say you sit down at a restaurant, you order your food, and it comes out one minute later. Is that a good thing?" asks Braden Kowitz, design partner at Google Ventures (which has more than 250 portfolio companies including Uber, Slack, and Nest). "You start to wonder, ‘What’s going on here? Is something wrong in the kitchen?’"
This is the kind of foolishness we'll all laugh about after the singularity - at least, we'll perform the action that is congruent with laughter. Read more about all the time you're wasting for no reason here.