Is Too Many Choices a Bad Thing?
Having a choice is very important in our society. We want to have a choice in our education, our careers, our food, our homes, our friends, our clothes, heck – even our tooth paste!
Does it ever get to the point where we can have too many choices?
I think so.
Take this for example. Last week, I was hanging out with my Little Sister (I volunteer in a community program that is similar to Big Brother and Big Sister). We head to the local supermarket on a quest for Popsicles. We get to the freezer aisle, and I let her choose the type of frozen treat that she wanted.
She chooses the Dora popsicles.
*Palm to forehead*
Sure, they come in shapes of stars, the moon, circles and squares. But they were $4.59 for ten measly single stick popsicles! But, I gave her a choice, and I wasn’t about to take it back.
I remember when I was a kid, my sisters and I only knew of ONE type of Popsicles. They were the ones that came in orange, purple and pink in two stick packages. My mom would break the Popsicle against a wall corner and we would share each Popsicle between two people. I have no idea how much those had cost, but I’m sure it’s not almost $1 per two sticks!
Yes, you can call me a cheap-O for complaining about shelling out 5 bucks for some coloured sugar water that is sure to make my Little Sister very happy.
But my point is – that I believe I was just as happy a child eating my Popsicle (which came in only 3 flavours and 1 shape) with my sisters, as my Little Sister who gets to have Dora Popsicles.
So when I retold this story to my parents, I jokingly said, “Sometimes, it’s best not to have a choice.”
In this case, my Little Sister was too young to see that a popsicle is a popsicle, and will taste the same, whether it be in the shape of a circle or a hexagon. She also doesn’t know the premium that big brand companies charge on everyday items (which are probably identical to their no-name counter parts) just to have their logo/mascot on a specific product.
All that she knew was there was a picture of Dora on the box, and she liked Dora.
Even though this is a simple example, I think this mentality applies to lots of things that we, as adults, face in our daily lives and decisions.
Do we make decisions that will improve our lives and make us better people? Do we make decisions that will make us happier? Or do we make decisions based on advertisements with promises that their product will solve all our problems? Or do we make decisions based on cartoon or logos slapped on?
What are your thoughts on this? Any real life examples you would like to share?
PS. I tend to overthink things, that is why I have blog 🙂