Day 181: Convenience, A Handy Inconvenience

When you consider all the great innovations of the world today, “inconvenience” isn’t usually a word you’d find paired with any of them (hopefully anyway)!

All the time-saving, space-minimizing and waste(and waist)-reducing advances, have seemed fantastic at first glance but when you look deeper, the truth is a sad contradiction I’ll touch on later…

This, of course, brings me to the topic of this post, convenience. You wouldn’t think convenience would be such an inconvenience but let’s examine the facts. More families eat TV while watching dinner on a daily basis than ever before (did you catch that one..?). More people are eating dinner in front of their computers too.

Today, it’s also easier than ever before to search for next to anything on the internet in a matter of minutes, back-to-back, gradually stretching those minutes into hours at a time. Studies have also shown that exposure to these short cyber-interactions have led to the remapping of the mind and the way it functions when using the internet.

People now look for the latest “vibrating” contraption (irony intended) to burn off the fat their too lazy to work off in a daily walk.

Family time rarely excludes the family pet, cable.

In a time where we’re all dying from bacteria on our corn-fed fast-food patties, sugar in our blood stream, UV-rays in our sunlight and potatoes on our couches, how convenient have any of our technological advances been?

The problem most of us have is thinking “If it’s convenient, it’s got to make my life easier, which should automatically equate to me being happier”. This is simply not always going to be true.

Sure, microwave popcorn is convenient today but how many of these daily conveniences do you think it’ll take before your body goes on strike, forcing you to take “industrial action” on your ass (literally) in order to “maintain operations”. The same can be said with positioning the TV in sight of the dining room table. Sure it’s cool to watch the news at dinner time but what if it comes at the cost of building a relationship with your siblings, spouse or children?

The way I see it, convenience is long-term and if an innovation has negative effects or even lacks longevity, special care should be taken to determine it’s cost on your relationship with others and yourself.