A while ago I had to replace a washing machine. Not knowing much about this market, I did a bit of research online, and what I found was truly shocking. Yet again, we have an example of society degenerating to the level of sheer idiocy. What I discovered was that a lot of washing machines nowadays have a hatch in the door so that you can add clothes you may have forgotten to put in. Here is what one such washing machine looks like:
I could only shake my head at this. The first problem is that these extra frills lead to cost increases during manufacturing. Also, this hatch constitutes of extra parts that can wear out, and probably those will wear out quicker than the hinges on the main door. The biggest problem, however, is that this feature solves a problem that should not even exist. In fact, I think there is great educational value in not being able to add clothes after you hit start on the washing machine. It will simply teach you to pay more attention next time.
Before I saw imagines of such washing machines, I was not even aware that it was a problem that you cannot add extra items after starting the machine. I mean, is it not normal to collect your dirty laundry in a laundry bag first? It is difficult to fathom how this feature even made it to production. Presumably, it took a lot of nagging wives and girlfriends who blamed the washing machine instead of themselves for forgetting to collect all dirty laundry in advance. Still, you somehow think that any engineer or marketer suggesting such a feature would get laughed out of the building.
There must be a lot of women out there who do not collect dirty clothes in a laundry bag. Maybe their work flow is a bit more, um, creative, i.e. once they realize that it has been a few weeks since they last turned on the washing machine they go onto some kind of expedition in their apartment where they drag discarded clothes out from under the bed, sofa, or random corners. Then they put them all into the washing machine, but only afterwards do they realize that they forgot to add their panties, which is where this extra hatch comes in handy. If you have a better explanation then please let me know.
Now that this feature exist, you can surely expect people to act even dumber. Suddenly, there is no need to collect all your dirty laundry in advance, given the convenience of a modern washing machine. If you ever thought that technological progress only moves into one direction, you now have an example of backwards progress.