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The cost for convenience

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It doesn’t take too much convincing to bend the will of the well-intentioned.

People are fickle. Show them a better deal, and they’ll chase it, jettisoning their commitment to trusted relationships.

Care and experience are the first to go in exchange for convenience. Having your books and groceries delivered to your doorstep saves time, but it also prevents the happy accidents of bumping into a friend at the market or overhearing an interesting chat in the philosophy aisle.

The compromise for conveniency — texting over calling, shopping in your pajamas, etc. — is a loss in real human exchange. It’s easier to tweet when you’re hiding behind a mask.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.