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The cost of saying yes to convenience

The cost of saying yes to convenience

I'm not buying an Apple Watch. It's not because I'm cheap, or a Luddite or not fully initiated into the Cult of Steve. I'm not buying one because it would make my life too easy, too convenient. We live in the Age of Convenience. That concept lies at the heart of what Silicon Valley is selling and we are so eagerly buying. We see convenience not only as a nicety but an expectation, an entitlement. Our love of convenience is so ingrained, its inherent goodness so self-evident that we can't imagine any other way. Why would anyone, other than a masochist, choose the hard way when there is an easier alternative? There are, in fact, many downsides. I'm not arguing...

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