Three Technological Advancements That Are Still Somewhat Useless

Bes Z. contributed this article for Peeve Week. Please check out his website: The Reasoner.

Human beings have for a long time depended on tools to achieve goals faster. From cars to computers to watches and cell phones, we all use some tool that helps us do things more efficiently. With advancements in technology, however, more focus has been put in the last decade on adding glamor to things instead of improving those things. Here is my list of 3 small technological advancements that were intended to help people but at this time are simply not doing as much good as originally hyped by their respective industries.

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Bes Z. contributed this article for Peeve Week. Please check out his website: The Reasoner.

Human beings have for a long time depended on tools to achieve goals faster. From cars to computers to watches and cell phones, we all use some tool that helps us do things more efficiently. With advancements in technology, however, more focus has been put in the last decade on adding glamor to things instead of improving those things. Here is my list of 3 small technological advancements that were intended to help people but at this time are simply not doing as much good as originally hyped by their respective industries.

This is a randomly chosen list, so if you can think of any other tool or piece of technology that you think is not living up to its promised standard, please let me know or share it here via your comment.

Faster cars

This is one thing many people love to have. However, it does more harm than good at this time. Newer cars all boast faster speeds and lower 0-60mph time frames. While having cars with capable speeds of 160 mph or more is nice, here is a question that many do not answer directly: why have such high speeds when the maximum speed allowed for most cars anywhere in many countries is only 75 mph? Having higher speeds in newer cars is actually making some people get into more accidents. Why not focus on making more room in the car, giving out more gas mileage and building an engine that needs less oil change, repairs, and other things?

Automated customer support systems

This is a something majority of the companies are rushing after. Calling customer support these days usually results in listening to a computer voice that usually claims it is “happy to help you.” Many times these automated support systems are so poorly planned that customers end up getting frustrated. Hearing a robotic voice say “Please enter your account number. Without it, we will not be able to assist you” is not good when you are calling to find out your account number. When properly used for the benefit of the customer, automated support systems can be a life saver, instead of simply being money savers for companies who do not want to hire additional support staff.

Watches with fancy features

While watches are considered by many to dictate define first impressions, wearing a watch that has a host of dozen extra features that you do not use somehow shows to many people that you simply want to impress people through your watch and not your personality. Imagine the new features in watches today: cameras, tv, thermometers, blood pressure readers and more. While such features are nice for specific purposes and for paving ways for future advancements, they do not aid in finding out the current time. How about we add fancy features to watches that serve a target audience only, like swimmers who need to know the water depth? That way, we can all look at the time and be done with it in a second while those who need the extra features get them.

That is my list of 3 things that I think should be kept simple and made more efficient instead of making them fancier. Please let me know what you think, or if you have a list of your own. Thank you. 🙂

Bes Z. contributed this article for Peeve Week. Please check out his website: The Reasoner.

5 thoughts on “Three Technological Advancements That Are Still Somewhat Useless”

  1. When I buy a watch, I usually buy one with an analog face. I despise digital watches.

    Speaking of overloading watches with features, did you know that the cellphone was once a device that only received and transmitted calls? A cell phone is nothing but a radio telephone that operates in areas known as cells.

  2. Analog watches are fun. About the cell phone, that’s an interesting reminder of history. Today most of us buy cell phones based on not how good a sound quality is but on the number of features included: games, alarm clock, calendar, to-do list, camera, music player, etc.

  3. i think the phones are bought because it saves people time and mony in buying these other features somewhere else, atleast now the phone has more options allowing people to accomplish more things faster

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