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Why are people this lazy?

Asked by Mtl_zack (6762points) November 1st, 2008

we invented the train engine so we dont have to run from place to place. then, the personal automobile came into use. then, airplanes were invented to save even more time. then phones were invented so you can talk to someone without getting out of the house. then email was invented so you dont even have to get out of bed. now, we have auto-correct and keyboard shortcuts that shows that humans are so lazy we dont want to lift our fingers.

has the world gone wacko?

does pressing a few less buttons really make a huge time difference? does taking a few more steps really matter? dont you hate those people who will ALWAYS go on an escalator, even though they want to go a few steps up? what about those people who take the elevator 1 floor up or down?

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MacBean's avatar

I’d just like to point out that you didn’t take the time to press the shift key to capitalize any of your sentences, and you also chose to use the numeral 1 instead of typing out the word “one.” It amused me, given the tone of your question.

augustlan's avatar

I’m as lazy as they come, and sometimes I do wish things required a little more moving about. However, I think you should reserve judgement on those you see on escalators and elevators. I have Fibromyalgia, and depending on how far/long I’ve already been walking, stairs cause me a great deal of pain. Just because you cannot see a disability, does not mean it isn’t there.

MacBean's avatar

Amen, augustlan. I was going to say something along those lines, but I figured you’d show up before long to stick up for those of us with non-visible disabilities. :D

augustlan's avatar

That’s me, SuperDisabilityGirl, to the rescue!

Judi's avatar

I did read that the calories usd by a secretary to type an old manual typewriter were worth about 6 pounds a year compared to a computer.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Sometimes it’s not about the result, but the process of creativity. Someone is bored, and thinks, “Hmmm, I wonder if there’s a way to create shortcuts for data entry?” And Voila!! Keyboard shortcuts are born.

eambos's avatar

Holy crap, 20 lurve on 1 quip!

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

We just love MacBean.

buster's avatar

My neighbor’s disabled mom lives with him. He is perfectly healthy. His mailbox is 20 yards down his driveway. That guy will ride his mom’s rascal hoveraround scooter to the mailbox everyday. How lazy is that?

Jax's avatar

I don’t think we have become more lazy. Not since the first farmers existed. In the old days you would huddle together in a small town. There you had the farm, a blacksmith, etc. So you would be able to get around pretty easy gathering your needs. And most people lived where they worked.

Since population has grown and you can’t have 50 blacksmith’s in one town we were forced to either expand, leave our towns and start new ones, or live in your favorite town and work in another.

loser's avatar

MacBean rocks!!!

Siren's avatar

I think the quality of life has gone up since the turn of the century, due to the “conveniences” of automation and technology. Because, after all, isn’t technology designed for convenience? So yes, you’d think we had more time to be lazy.

However, I would like to offer this other perspective: Instead of us all being more lazy, maybe we just have more time to do more stuff in one day. Therefore, we may actually have become more busy with our lives, since we’re trying to do everything at once. Everyone around me is always complaining that there isn’t enough time in the day – and it isn’t because they want more “fun time” either!

I think we’ve filled the extra time in the day that technology has created with even more work, so I would like to propose, instead, that the guy at the elevator may just be too exhausted to take the stairs because he’s working two jobs, or did a thousand errands on his way to work, and so on.

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