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Friction

| August 18, 2020
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Friction

Modern advancements are under the illusion of being revolutionary and game changing. New technology has been repackaged to seem that it is needed when all it does is cost more money with the only benefit of removing friction. The iPhone really didn’t event anything revolutionary. It just packaged preexisting products into one frictionless device. Instead of carrying around a phone, watch, notepad, camera, musical player, etc.. all you have do is take your iPhone. This removed the need for a lot of products and reduced the friction of switching between the products. You really don’t need an iPhone but is it really worth carrying all the other things separately? Obviously not so that’s why people use it. With that comes with internet/SM addiction. The time being saved switching between the objects frees people up to scroll twitter and reddit for hours all withing the comfort of their bed. Inventions after the iPhone are only shaving milliseconds of friction but increasing the overall waste. The charging pad saves probably 1 second of time by placing a phone on the pad instead of finding the cable. Apparently, the pad uses substantially more electricity. The tradeoff really isn’t that worth it and that’s why not everyone has a charging wireless pad. Same thing with the apple watch. Instead of digging in your pocket when you receive a text you can flip your wrist and read it 2 seconds faster. Is that 2 seconds worth $300? I would say no but others would disagree. Wireless headphones reduce the friction of untangling your cords. These products save you almost no time but cost more because you are trading your time for dollars and those dollars for the product. So really you are wasting way more time by buying these products.  It’s the same concept of deciding how far you want to live from work. If you live closer to work, it will cost more. If you live farther, it costs less but you spend more in gas. People are obsessed with reduction of annoyance but in doing so only create a facade

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