Does Your Time-Saving Tech Waste Time?

Does Your Time-Saving Tech Waste Time?

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Taryn Williford
Jul 21, 2010

You know the scene. After dragging out your GoBroomSweeper3000, cleaning it up, plugging it in and navigating your cord over to the cereal spill, you wonder if the whole thing would have been easier with a dustpan. Some tech is irreplaceable. Some tech does make life easier. But others seem to make a mountain out of a mole hill—and yet, they're everywhere.

Some of our favorite home tech devices are built for convenience. But after installation/registration, dealing with batteries and regular maintenance, sometimes we wonder if it might be better to just use the real (un-wired) thing.

My boyfriend uses an electric shaver every morning before work. That should mean that we'd never see another blue-handled disposable razor around the apartment (P.S. Curse you, gender-stereotypical product design!). But after a once-over with the electric shaver, he's got to shave any stray hairs with his regular razor. And that means that he has to clean both. And then clean the sink.

The whole time he's doing that routine, we're thinking that he could hop back in the shower, use a regular razor and be done in half the time.

The electric shaver gets our vote for time-saving devices that don't save any time, but what do you think? Tell us in the comments!

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