Technology is supposed to make life easier for those who use said technology. However, not all products make life easier the way they are supposing to. The following are 5 convenience products that actually make life harder instead of easier.
Touch screen cell phones:
Touch screen technology is supposed to put information in our hands with just a touch of a button. However, this touch screen technology on cell phones can make life harder. For example the Samsung Flight has a mute button right on the screen. This feature makes carrying on a conversation on the cell phone very hard if you forget to lock the screen. Also should the screen get scratched it can render the cell phone inoperable.
Pay at the pump gas pumps:
It is nice when in a hurry to be able to slide a credit card and not have to walk into the gas station. While this aspect makes life easier this convenience does make life harder. When paying at the pump financial institutes will freeze more of your money than what the actual purchase was for. To know up front the actual amount a person has to call their financial institute in advance and this means time on the phone with customer service. Otherwise you can be in for a nasty surprise on how much of your much needed money is frozen for several days.
Computerized cash registers:
It seems that when trying to make a purchase that life gets harder when there is an error within the cash registers computer. If an item rings up wrong you can be stuck waiting at the check out for a manager to finally come over and do an over ride and fix the problem. In addition you have to wait for the cashier to locate the appropriate button for an item to ring up if it fails to scan. What happened to the days when the cashier quickly entered the amounts then gave you the total?
Credit cards are another convenience product that can make life harder. First they make life easier by allowing you to quickly scan your card to pay for services or merchandise. Secondly they make life easier by allowing people to purchase services or products when you do not actually have the funds at that moment. However life is made harder by making it too easy for people to over extend themselves and find they are now buried in debt they cannot get themselves out of.
Prior to televisions being in almost every home people would have to go out to theaters to watch movies. Now people can watch virtually anything from the comfort and convenience of their own homes. Life can be made harder when people spend too much time in front of the television and not enough time being active and socializing. Families that spend a large amount of time in front of the television are not as close as those who do not have a television or those who limit the amount of time in front of the television. This convenience product can be over abused and used to replace quality time with loved ones.