b&b153 The Cost of Convenience
We see convenience not only as a nicety but an expectation, an entitlement.
Has paying for convenience been taken too far? (Amazon, food delivery, Uber/Lyft, dry cleaning, resume writing, etc.,) 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?
In this episode Pam and Dyalekt get into the nitty gritty of convenience, and how, sometimes, in life, we do need a little inconvenience to stay grounded.
Music featured in this episode:
–Convenience by Lee Reed
–An Inconvenient Truce by GeoDon
–Give Me Convenience by mcenroe
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At what point–and I think this is different for everybody–does it need to be a little inconvenient?
There are so many options now that convenience has become one of the differentiators in terms of whether or not we’re gonna buy something or buy into something.
Technology has always made things more convenient for folks and every generation seems and is way softer than the one before it ’cause they don’t have to do stuff that was as hard.
Faux-convenience–when you get your IKEA furniture you still got a lot of work to do.
The cost of simple thing from a money standpoint–the simple dollar did a really good job breaking down convenience food. Spending an hour chopping lettuce saved $58 versus buying it pre-cut. Buying uncut apples and cutting them saves you $80 an hour.
City people don’t have a lot of confidence in their cooking ability, and I was just saying I’m willing to pay for stuff I’m not good at, because it’s not just me not wanting to do a crappy job and have to do it three times to get it right.
It takes away all the thinking, and I guess that’s really what convenience is.
The numbers don’t really matter so much as what are you willing to give up on the convenience side and what are you willing to pay for to get to keep it in there and how is it serving you?
What convenience allows you to have a better quality of life and work better and what you’re doing just ’cause it’s there?
When is the convenience really saving you stuff and when is it helping you move forward, and when is it not?
When we have to earn something, it’s something that feels more valuable and we retain the experience more.
There’s this expectation of a guarantee that comes with convenience, where convenience will give you the exact thing that it tells you it’s gonna give you and nothing more.
The over-reliance on convenience, and the emphasis on convenience of purchases. You’re buying something from an expert–we expect that it’s the best version.
What are you giving up in terms of your own quality and your own expectations and your own standards?