Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Paradox of Choice

Are too many choices a bad thing? In an another excellent post about options, Jory pulls out a few choice quotes from The Paradox of Choice:
"When people have no choice, life is almost unbearable .... But as the number of choices keeps growing, negative aspects of having a multitude of options begin to appear. As the number of choices grows further, the negatives escalate until we become overloaded. At this point, choice no longer liberates, but debilitates. It might even be said to tyrannize."


Ed Provencher said...

I did a practice GMAT and the essay question had a similar train of thought.

Instructions: Present your perspective on the issue below, using relevant reasons and/or examples to support your views.

"Wisdom is righfully attributed not to people who know what to look for in life but to people who know what to overlook."

My answer: What's the difference between saying "anything but" and "only this"? I think they are two sides of the same coin.

Per your post: Only those who are unsure, one way or the other, are going to be paralyzed by increasing choice.

It's not the choices that are the problem, it's the choosers.

Jeremy said...

Sure, but that doesn't make it any easier for the choosers.

Decision-making skills get pooh-poohed in schools now, but it seems like they're getting more important.