just a thought: are we finally getting bored of choice?

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I hate too much choice. Especially when it comes to restaurants. On Saturday it took me at least half an hour and 5 waitress visits before I chose what I wanted to order (which was of course an impulse decision and actually not very nice).

I know i’m not the only one. I know others hate a vast amount of choice as much as I do. I recently did the myers briggs personality test and come out as an enfp of which one of the traits is…

“They also enjoy its sense of adventure, expectancy, and wonderment toward life’s mysteries. But Ne also has its challenges, such as making it difficult for ENFPs to draw firm conclusions or feel confident about their decisions.”

Big decisions I can make but whether I want lasagne or pizza – that’s the kind of decision I get stuck on.

Which is why I find it interesting that there seems to be an fad of restaurants only selling one thing popping up. First there was the cereal cafe, then the crisp sandwich cafe (< love this idea) and now a joint that only sells porridge. OK so there’s still an element of choice involved (i.e the topping or the flavour) but essentially, you’re going in and you’re faced with one choice.

There’s an interesting article from the New York Times which suggests we’re a generation suffering from decision fatigue.  Choice is of course good but too much choice is making more of us indecisive and making us bloody miserable and I agree! Being faced with too much choice just puts me in a spin and especially when it’s something that doesn’t really matter.

What do you think? Are we shunning choice and paring down our decisions or are we more overwhelmed than ever?

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  1. I too find choice quite overwhelming but the idea of cereal, crisp sandwich, and porridge cafes sounds terribly dull to me. And a waste of money too. If I’m eating out it’s usually because it’s something I couldn’t or wouldn’t make at home.

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