My wind-up kitchen timer, of many years, broke recently. When it broke, I thought that, when I next go to the supermarket, I’ll buy a new one. I had purchased this one from the supermarket at least ten years ago and it had served me well. When I went to the supermarket, I found that they did not have any wind-up kitchen timers for sale.
Over the next week I checked several other supermarkets and several discount department stores and other shops that sold kitchen stuff. None of them sold wind up kitchen timers. The best I could find was some digital timer that needed batteries and that had a monochrome seven segment display. I then came to the realisation, that, if I wanted to buy a wind-up kitchen timer, I’ll have to order one online.
Ordering a cheap wind-up kitchen timer online seemed a bit crazy to me at the time and I wondered why shops aren’t selling them any more. I thought that, surely, people need to use a timer to help them with what they’re cooking in the kitchen each day. Then I finally realised . . . . . most people must just be using a timer app on a “smart” phone instead of a physical wind-up timer. This must be the reason that shops just don’t sell wind up kitchen timers any more.
If this is indeed the case, and most people are using their “smart” phone in place of a physical kitchen timer, this just seems crazy to me. The last thing that I want to be taking into a kitchen is any phone, let alone a “smart” phone. Phones generally get handled a lot, and are sometimes used whilst sitting on the toilet. I could think of nothing worse than using my hands to prepare food whilst playing with a phone covered in germs and who knows what else. When I’m preparing a meal in my kitchen I want to focus on what I’m doing and I don’t want to be distracted by a phone (or a tablet, or a computer, or a TV).
I just have this image in my head of people, all around the world, standing in their kitchens, trying to prepare food with one hand, whilst holding a “smart” phone in their other hand, absentmindedly scrolling through some social media feed and not paying attention to the food that they are trying to prepare. Am I wrong in thinking this, or is this now the reality? What do all of you think?