With More Choices and Complexity Comes Unhappiness?

I’ve been reading “The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less” by Barry Schwartz. The Amazon editorial review notes that “a bewildering array of choices floods our exhausted brains, ultimately restricting instead of freeing us.” (I quoted the Amazon review because I wouldn’t be able to word it any better myself)

So this week I got an iPod shuffle for free. Since I already own an iPod video you’d think that an iPod shuffle wouldn’t be a big deal for me, right? Well, I love it! It’s so tiny and so portable. And It seems like it’s very sturdy. I also like it because I don’t have to think about which songs to play. I let iTunes automatically fill it with random songs because picking from a library of thousands of songs only frustrates me. And that’s one of the things that has made me use my iPod video less and less. It holds so many songs that I get frustrated looking for songs to listen to. It’s fragile too. I baby my iPod video like I don’t know what. When I’m using it, I always have to be very careful about what I do so I don’t accidentally drop it or scratch it.

So I think that in my case, iPod video vs iPod shuffle is a good example of how choices and complexity can make me unhappy or frustrate me. I already have enough stuff on my mind.

One Response to “With More Choices and Complexity Comes Unhappiness?”

  1. December 11th, 2009 | 6:14 pm

    Seems like you are a real pro. Did you study about the matter? lawl

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