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Some modern conveniences border on the absurd

May 18, 2019

When does our insistence on the most modern of conveniences reach the level of absurdity?

A current television commercial which touts a coffee table which doubles as a refrigerator/freezer makes one wonder. One one hand, it might seem appealing because it offers the opportunity to entertain guests for hours at a time without interruption.

On the other hand, it can be viewed as entirely unnecessary unless it is used by someone with a physical handicap which limits movement. What does it take to walk the short distance between a living room coffee table and a refrigerator located in a nearby kitchen? Maybe all of one minute.

Furthermore, there is a saying which has emerged in recent years that goes like this: Sitting is the new smoking.

We’re not programmed to sit for hours at a time. It’s not a healthy activity. You would be better off spreading out your entertainment area to several rooms and even outside of the home to allow for movement.

This piece is not meant to be an indictment on technological advances as a whole. Most represent progress, but some just don’t seem to make much sense, and even present more detriment than advantage.

A coffee table/refrigerator combo arguably qualifies as one of them.

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