One question that’s coming up in in writing the innovation book is this: when has an innovation taken away something from your life that you valued?
For example: I used to love making funny answering machine messages. But now my wife and I have cell-phones. Few people call our home number anymore. The joy of having a shared message, a shared way to greet people, and the fun of making silly messages together, is gone.
Cell-phones are good – but just because they’ve progressed us in some ways doesn’t mean they haven’t left some good things behind.
I’m looking for examples of how innovations have eliminated things you miss, for any reason (I mean, I still miss rotary phones for some strange reason, so nostalgia counts).
Reasons you might miss something:
- It was actually better than “the innovation”
- It had some good qualities the innovation doesnt have
- The older style appeals to you
- The older thing is more reliable or durable
- It reminds you of good things (memories, times, people) the innovation doesn’t
Have any examples? I’d love to hear ’em. Please name the new thing, the old thing, and why you miss it. thx.