My personal theory is much different. I think it does exactly the opposite. Let’s look at a few of them:
Digital Cameras: gone are the days where you would snap away until your film was full (24 or 36 pictures). You’d remove the film, pop into your nearest Boots or other 1-hour development facility, hand the film in, then go and have a cofffee or lunch nearby where you wait for your pictures. How relaxing is that? No, what do we do now? We take 100 or 200 snaps (because we can) on our digital camera. At this point we think, “gosh, got to download those when I have a minute”, and when you have a minute you start running around looking for cables, card readers and whatever other equipment you might need.
The actual downloading doesn’t take to long, but then you realise you have to rotate half the pictures before you can view them propertly, unless of course if you want to tilt your head at every second picture. That takes longer than you imagined.
Next is deciding what pictures you want to print (if you could be bothered at all). This is when you realise you don’t have the appropriate sized photo paper for your printer. This either means a trip to the shops, or you return to the “I-just-can’t-be-bothered” idea you had in the first place.
Ah! Brilliant idea, you can upload your pictures to a website online, they’ll print them and post them back to you! You promptly start uploading your pictures one-by-one and realise that in spite of your 8MB download speed, the upload speed seems nothing like it. Half way through your uploads, their server goes down. It is at this point that your blood pressure starts rising and that “now-I-really-just-can’t-be-bothered” feeling washes over you. “Sod it! I’ll do it later …” Later? When exactly is later?
iPods. Now wasn’t that a cool invention? Tiny little piece of kit that you can put your entire record or CD collection onto. All you have to do is transfer all your CDs onto it. And you have how many CDs? Did I hear your say 100? 200? I wonder how long that will take? And then you can download your new music directly from the internet. What about if you lose this little piece of kit? No, no, you just ensure that it is backed up onto your computer or laptop. Ah, so not only do I have to transfer all my music onto it, add to it, I also have to remember to back it up periodically in case of losing this very little 40 mm x 90 mm x 7 mm MP3 player. And you wonder why I haven’t taken the plunge yet?