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originally posted by: Talorc
a reply to: toysforadults
Very appropriate name for this thread.
I am not a Luddite and I value functional and practical technology. But I mistrust any technology created only for human comfort and ease. Humans aren't meant to live easy lives, just like a dog shouldn't be penned up in a small enclosed space with nothing to do but eat and chew on rubber toys. It will develop numerous pathologies and neurotic behaviors. Humans who live too placidly and comfortably also develop many pathologies.
See population sink and "Mice Utopia" experiment for more information.
Cash payouts were quickly abandoned as it became clear that pinball and gambling weren’t a comfortable (or legal) match
Makes sense to start them young. I know when I would play Pinball and I got extended play or extra ball it felt like I won the lottery.
Now the same feeling occurs when you unlock a new level or power up. Heck my kids get all jazzed up just when Minecraft has new updates.
when the internet stores everything and processes information for us, our brain decides those functions are no longer needed and adapts accordingly.