We were exposed to efficiency when we were very young: if two workers can make 300 nuts in three days, 18 workers can build a 2,000-meter road…
But now it’s probably a worker who presses a button and the machine takes one hour. 1,000 nuts were manufactured and dozens of workers drove road rollers…More work completed in a shorter period of time is definitely an improvement and progress. But while the efficiency has been improved, something must have been squeezed. You can’t see the scenery when you travel fast, and you can’t master the content if you read too fast.
A philosopher said: “People in Silicon Valley know that if you want to make money, you have to find people’s pain points and help people solve their problems. For
example, taxi-hailing software allows you not to take a taxi on the street with uncertain hope; payment tools make people no longer have to carry it. Purse, withdraw money, change; buying books in a bookstore is painful, so I have an e-reader that can be purchased with one click; placing an order on a mobile phone eliminates the need to interact with the waiter… But the most fulfilling aspect of life must be Inefficient, or at least irrelevant.
If you are described as an efficient friend, parent or lover, you will feel frustrated, don’t you?” The more goals you score in basketball, the better, but if you simply pursue goals, you will probably Known as the “scoring machine”; the more creative the better, but you can’t simply repeat yourself; it is good to see a few attractions when traveling, but if you only pursue taking pictures and punching in, it’s almost as if you haven’t been.
Scholars say that in the age of worshiping efficiency, we must be aware of the benefits of traditional low-efficiency practices.
Edward Turner said in the book “The Efficiency Paradox” that college students can take notes faster and more clearly on laptops than handwriting on laptops.
However, the experiment found that students who were relatively inefficient in taking notes scored higher on exams than students who used laptops.
Pursuing too much efficiency may damage our ability to form memory, and memory will help us use information more effectively in the future.
If we want to learn something, we must make enough effort to transform it into our own accumulation of knowledge. This is just like in physical exercise. For the brain and muscles, it must undergo repeated exercise to form muscle memory.
Students who use laptops to take notes usually copy the teacher’s words as literally as possible. Because handwritten notes cannot keep up with the teacher’s speaking speed, the handwritten notes people have to identify and repeat the main ideas of the teacher, which is useful for mastering the content of the course. Greater help.
E-books are more efficient in transmission, copying, and retrieval. Readers can better pay attention to details when reading e-books, but reading printed text helps to understand a work more widely.
The subjects who viewed the information on the electronic devices performed better in low-level memory, and the subjects who read the same data on the printed matter were better able to show higher-level comprehension memory. Similarly, electronic maps can better provide information about specific locations, but when viewing paper maps, you can place specific locations within a wider range.
Some inefficient practices are outdated, but they have become luxury items and fashion.
Technology reporter Dave Rosenberg said: “Luxury goods, especially watches… are part of Silicon Valley’s delicate pursuit of high-quality crafted hand tools, clothing and accessories… When ordinary people look forward to the latest future Technological futurists are retro.” The same goes for other labor-intensive tools, such as hand-forged chef’s knives.
American writer Rebecca Solney said in the book “Song of the Wandering”: “Most jobs nowadays no longer require physical strength. Instead, muscles have become a status symbol. Muscles are outdated beauty. During
fitness, exercise efficiency refers to calories. This is exactly the opposite of the worker’s goal.” Who are the people who deliberately work hard to make a useless thing, racers, amateur gardeners and chefs, and writers who write games?