March 29, 2015
Every day we are trying to be sold on concepts, products, or services that claim to make our lives easier and simpler. People may believe that if something makes life easier it automatically makes it better, but is that really true? Modern conveniences such as fast food, labor-saving appliances, and automated teller machines promise to make life easier.
Fast food restaurants first began to pop up on the scene back in 1920. They were created for the on the go families. Parents that worked long hours and did not have time to prepare a full meal for their families can easily pick up a meal on their way home. Fast food does allows us to eat quickly while we live our very busy lives, and to also save a little bit of money along the way. I can remember a time when I was playing sports and after practice I would be so hungry that I would stop at a fast food restaurant every day. I quickly realized that eating fast food every day was not good for my body, and I had to stop. Packing a snack for after practice definitely helped me until I ate dinner. The cost of this convenience is the significant increase in obesity rates over the years.
There are many labor-saving appliances around the world today. Take the cell phone and the internet for examples. They both enables us to stay connected and do things a lot faster while, once again, living our busy lives. How connected do we really need to stay? The same conveniences can become very big distractions. Cell phones have become a danger to the user and the person around them. Texting and driving have become a very big issue. Not just among teenagers, but also among adults who should already know better. When we are online and put our lives out there for everyone to see we are vulnerable to a lot of problems such as cyber-bullying and online scams. We become so consumed with our online social media that we eventually forget to actually get out and live life in the real world.