It is common nowadays to hear people decrying the number of choices people have relative to the past and proclaiming the drawbacks of so many easily-available options in a variety of areas of
. While I think that there is some truth in
is ultimately a positive trend because it opens up options outside the mainstream.
The main reason why increased
is considered a negative development is it makes
more complicated. Take
the number of products people can choose from today. Supermarkets are filled with different brands with hardly any meaningful differences.
can cause people to waste time and energy making choices with little actual impact.
the case when it comes to online streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO. Not only do people have to spend time researching these
once they make a
they are limiting what they will be able to watch in the future. If they decide to subscribe to all of them, suddenly they will be paying upwards of $40 a month for basic viewing content. These are a couple of ways in which
can take up time and make
introduces a level of complexity to
, the main benefit is that it opens up options for people outside dominant cultural trends. The best example of
is the changes that have taken place in the music industry over the
20 years with the advent of iTunes and streaming services. In the past,
pop acts dominated the radio and album sales. Now the music scene is much more fractured.
makes it more difficult for some
opens up the possibility that you can find a niche of music that you and some other people love.
has been replicated in other areas like podcasting, painting, and film as well. People can find what interests them outside of what major companies are trying to push.
is positive taken as a whole.
In conclusion, the drawbacks of increased
do not outweigh the advantages gained by allowing people to explore what interests them the most. In the future,
will continue and present challenges but
allow for a more diverse cultural experience for rich and poor alike, all over the world.