In today's society, people have come to rely heavily on technological advances in their day to day lives. It seems that humans have a deep drive to make things more convenient and easier for themselves. The urge to invent new and better ways to do daily chores has made an immense difference in the way things get done.
One of the areas in today's homes where this can be readily seen is the kitchen. We have progressed to the point that most modern kitchens have not only a built in oven and cooktop stove, but also a microwave oven which can heat food in minutes, or even seconds. On the other side of the kitchen you may have a toaster that you never give a second thought to, but consider for a moment how much more work would be involved to make a simple piece of toast without this modern electrical appliance.
Many people come to rely quite heavily on each new advance in technology. If you own a cell phone or a smart phone, you probably have grown quite attached to it. It was not that long ago that people actually left the house for hours at a time without any access to a telephone. If a phone call had to be made, you had to search out a telephone booth or ask someone for permission to use their home line. The idea of being constantly connected to the world by way of wireless communication is something that has become standard only over the past ten to fifteen years.
Of course, not all of the advances we have made are quite as complicated as a microwave oven or a smart phone. Even simple things like units built to dispense our modern products must be considered an advance over the way things were done previously. We now have liquid soap that can be dispensed right into our hands with a simple push on the top of the dispenser. Paper towels, a convenience in themselves, are now routinely distributed in public restrooms without ever having to touch the dispensing unit. An electronic "eye" can sense when someone is waiting for a towel when they wave their hand in front of the unit. Even something as simple as selling and distributing candy to children has been automated. If you have ever stopped by the machines at the front of most grocery stores, you have seen the banks of dispensers that seem to call out to young children. The catch here is that you must deposit at least one coin to get what you want out of the machine.
The conveniences we have come to rely on are easily taken for granted. Let one of these convenience items break or quit working during a power outage and you can see people sometimes struggling to get by without them. We must balance our reliance on such things with the ability to fend for ourselves and not let ourselves get too lazy.Modern Conveniences
If you enjoyed this article, you may want to read more about modern conveniences like dispensers. Even something as simple as a modern drink dispenser is a major advance compared to how things used to be.