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The Cost of Convenience

Convenience, it seems, is the killer app we’ll die for.

by Charles H. Smith, Of Two Minds:

The ultimate killer app in the U.S. economy is convenience. Convenience sells in every market and every sector: on the large scale, autos are the ultimate in private transport convenience. On the small scale, the teabag conveniently replaces messing about with loose tea.

Convenience and comfort have long replaced need as the driver of developed economies. The first electric refrigerators were more convenient than the ice boxes they replaced, and the electric washing machine was a quantum leap in convenience and ease above the washboard and wringer.

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