7 Things That Were Better Before They Got “Better”
There’s no stopping advancement. Tools are becoming more sophisticated and everything seems to be getting faster, more efficient, more compact or hands-free.
But there are some things that were just fine the way they were, in fact some things were better before we made it “better”.
1. Coke. Coca-cola in a glass bottle. This not only looks cooler than a plastic bottle or can but there’s something about ice cold coke from a glass bottle that makes it taste better too.
2. Organizers. I’m still fond of the trusty pen and paper. For me, tasks are better remembered when I physically write them down. There is a sense of accomplishment by being able to cross completed tasks off a list. I just don’t get the same feeling ticking a box on a screen.
3. Phones. While cell phones are convenient they can be very intrusive. I don’t like the idea of anyone person being accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you’ve ever had a cell phone/blackberry/iPhone for work then you know they come with the attached expectation that you will be available. All the time. I like the idea of a land line with a good old fashioned answering machine. If you’re not around to answer the phone you’re likely doing something of value to you and it’s nice not to be distracted from that.
4. Food. Walk down any aisle at the grocery store and you’ll see them. Convenience foods. They come in all serving sizes, a variety of flavors and are there for your convenience. I’m all for making meal prep as quick as possible but what I don’t like is how these foods taste very different from the food they are intended to replace. If you were to make many of these convenience foods yourself, from scratch, you would see that they don’t really taste anything alike.
5. Technology. As technology advances and everyone becomes plugged in it’s becoming harder and harder to unplug. I find people are more stressed, tired and generally burned out than before. With all the noise out there through twitter, facebook, blogging, and email there is very little time to switch off and even think.
6. Cameras. Before digital cameras we were actually more careful of the pictures we took. We didn’t want to waste film so we generally took time to set up a shot, compose the picture properly and really see the subject. In the digital age we are more free to take pictures at our whim. Snapping shots left, right and center not really paying attention to what we’ve just captured. These pictures are then dumped onto the computer, rarely looked at. The poor pictures are rarely culled and the good ones are lost amongst the masses.
7. Television. The choice of TV programs is incredible these days. The sales pitch is usually centered around a massive number of channels with stations from different time zones so if you miss a show, don’t worry it’ll be on again an hour later. With all this choice it’s no wonder we get sucked in hour after hour. Before all this choice we used to play outside, get more done and actually connect with our family. Since we’ve turned off the TV we’ve noticed big changes in ourselves and our interactions with our family members.
Granted there’s no escaping change, progression or advancement. Some of these improvements are actually beneficial and don’t get me wrong I love my digital camera and access to information (via the Internet) whenever I need it. There are just aspects to the way things used to be that are still really appealing to me.
What do you think was better before it got “better”? Or do you feel we are truly getting better all the time?
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