Convenience vs Privacy is so 2010. But it’s a good point. I just read 2 sentences that sums up the whole debate. Back in the day, it’s very easy to have privacy because it was so, so, so hard to be known, to get famous. It is now easy than ever to be heard, and yes, it’s harder than ever to remain private. To put simply, for the average users (this isn’t 50%. This is like 95% – except the very very hard-core tech-savvy geeks), there isn’t privacy online. We have all heard about the nightmares how someone’s confidential information is dug up (legally or otherwise.) People search services are popping up like weed. The bottom line is, as we migrate online full-time, total control of your own privacy is novelty. This is now a social web remember?
But this post isn’t about the struggle between giving up your privacy for convenience. It’s about how we trade our survival for convenience (somehow the word “convenience” doesn’t sound like a nice word anymore!) The biggest illustration of this? Credit cards. I know you have heard a million times that credit cards are evil and we shouldn’t have debts and blah blah blah. But it’s different this time. I’m saying the sky-rocketing interest rates (19.75% for mine as of September 1 2010, according to TDCanadaTrust) aren’t the reason we should hate credit cards. It’s the convenience it brings that we should be wary of. We are using it for convenience, trading our future and our very own survival for it. If it wasn’t because we could buy and consume before we produce (to get money to consume,) would we able to buy stuff? It is this “inflated” buying power that produces the garbage islands, the digital dump ground, and the Hall of Shame.
What about food? How about “convenience food”? Do I have to go any further on this one? We’re trading our health for convenience. The result? http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_obe-health-obesity (top of the list is of course America, 30%. A surprising second is Mexico, 24%) This isn’t the only problem though. We have practically lost our survival skills – without the microwave and a bag of hotdogs, we’re toast!
I always try to come up with a possible solution whenever possible. Not this time though because the solutions are already out there. You just have to know that there is a problem.