“She always set three alarms for fear that the first employees to arrive would discover her sleeping – a Goldilocks without her bears”. — Billie Letts
A L A R M F A T I G U E A G R I M R E A L I T Y
This week’s Wednesday Challenge on Susan and my alternate site is ALARMS.
Today I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that the majority of us live in a state of perpetual agitation and alarm not necessarily due to any political, economic or social threat but due more to the many high tech gadgets we have willingly installed in our homes, offices, automobiles and work places to keep us safe.
Although many of the alarm systems are geared to our health and safety ( I.C.U. monitors, fire and burglar alarms) there are those that cater to a consumer market overly concerned with their own well being and not aware of the fact that all the whistles and hoopla associated with their protective gimmicks is giving them alarm fatigue.
Have you ever had the pleasurable and unexpected experience of walking past a parked automobile in a shopping mall and been startled when one owners car alarm began its blaring cacophony of horn blaring because you happened to walk too near the owner’s vehicle?
I recently discovered that my refrigerator has an irritating alarm system that is activated when the door to the fridge itself or the freezer is left ajar for more than a few minutes. I had to track the source of the commotion. That was embarrassing.
Consumers should try to get a grip on their fears and phobias and take a much more realistic view of how much safety we really need in our lives.
The cost of being overly secure means we lose our actual ability to pay attention to matters that could influence our well being.