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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Options vs. No Options

Are options good for us or having no-options is a better state? Until now I was under the impression that options are good and help us in making the best possible decision. But after reading an article, I realized the way too many cooks spoil the broth, too many options spoil the brain.
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Over the years range of choices in our lives has increased drastically. Talk about the commodities or anything else, a person is left out with a vast number of options to choose from.


For instance there are two persons: A and  B who want to buy a jar of pickles. They go to two stores Store1 (that offers variety of pickles in different brands) and Store2 (where there are only three variety of pickle in one brand) respectively. Person A will tend to look at all the options in Store1, read the labels, go through all brands to check prices and brainstorm on what pickle he should buy. He may end up in buying more than he actually needs or something new that he has never tried before (that may turn out to be a blunder choice). On the other hand Person B will go into Store2, in less than a minute he will make up his mind on what to buy and will come out.
We can conclude two things from above:
1. Too many options lead to wastage of time.
2. They lead to wastage of money

This was one example. In the world of perfect competition we are living in swarm of choices. From Bakery shops, clothes, eateries to fans, switches etc. our life is full of options; where we waste a huge amount of our time in making selection. We want to pick the best one from every lot we are being offered.

Do we really need too many options in everything?
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When I look at my life, I feel being pushed into the state of confusions while looking at the menu in a restaurant thinking what I want to eat, since I don’t have any fixed preference in food. My thoughts get paralysed. Again while going for shopping for clothes, I see myself going from one shop to another in search for a better dress and a better bargain. Though sometimes I end up regretting for not buying the first one I liked. Other times if I purchase something at once, I fear about not exploring other choices (may be better) and not getting due value for my money. 
Does it happen with you too? 


O is for Options on 17 April,
A to Z Challenge.





23 comments:

  1. In the said example person A might take a chance and pick a pickle he never tried and it may be the best he had ever! in such a case, person B is missing out because of lack of choice! Happiness is subject to a lot of things including luck, so why blame choice alone :)

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    1. Yes Anil you are right, there is a fair chance of exploring something new and amazing with the given choices. But these choices if are infinite have their drawbacks. Luck and destiny etc are a few things that are subject to personal frame of mind.
      If I choose a wrong product and suffer its side effects- I may blame it on my lack of judgement for picking up a wrong product; other person in same situation may call it his bad luck!

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  2. Yes, it does happen to me and even more so to my husband!!

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  3. happens :) i get totally confused wen given with options.. but dnt u think widout options, n always havin d same, life would be monotonous? c again d confusion :-D

    http://swathishenoy.blogspot.in/2014/04/o-for-optimism.html?m=1
    a-z participant

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    1. Lol Swathi in a way you are right. But exponential increase in the number of choices waste so much of our time in selection... I am just trying to understand its negatives!

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  4. It is very common and it does happens, too many choices, i find difficult to handle, good post ! very relevant for our lives !

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    1. Thank you so much Mam... It sometimes become difficult to cope up with so many choices. Other times it is like an art gallery where you savior the view of commodities on display! :D

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  5. I feel options spoil the person, even if you choose one you will always think about what if the other option was selected. I personally performed best when I have a single option. I feel though we think it's luxury to have options but it always create confusion and never leads to satisfaction :)

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    1. Absolutely Gaurab! Bang on! You are right...

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  6. It does happen...I love my options...I feel its a game , one that I enjoy

    O for Ostracized-Random Thoughts Naba

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    1. Aha Naba, your words makes too much sense to me. Even I do enjoy this activity but somewhere it harms us- in other places of life. Like I can't shop in time crunch. I can't order my food... there is even much more that happens to people with infinite choices!

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  7. My gosh, yes! I'm the worst shopper because I think I have to see everything in the mall before purchasing anything, lest there's a better looking shirt or better price somewhere else.
    Visiting from A to Z~
    Wendy at Jollett Etc.

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  8. hA... YES YES yes... happens a lot wimme!

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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    1. Sri we are caught in a web of options!!!!

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  9. It reminds me of a story that I read somewhere - a retelling of an old folktale which basically suggests that if all you have are choices and no wisdom you may actually be worse off than before. Having choices/options can be a good thing if we also know how to choose wisely :)

    But on a more practical level, do we really need 100s of varieties of hair oil? :)

    Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

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  10. I think limited options are way better than having too many to be quite frank :)

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  11. I believe that options are good, you get to pick the one that best suits your interest. Too many options are confusing.

    When it comes to making choices, I am a rigid person, perhaps that is the reason why I do not feel spoiled after seeing options.

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  12. Thinking about options, we are often stuck at the options of words we can take up for A to Z Challenge!

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  13. Yes yes, happens all the time! More the options, more the confusion. :/

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  14. When I started reading your post the first thing I thought about was restaurants that have too many choices on their menus and then you addressed that in your last paragraph! I find that when there are too many options, it really is exhausting.

    http://batteredhope.blogspot.ca/2014/04/dogs-d-is-for-dyeing-hair.html#.U1HbpyiPNW8

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  15. Happens yes but then I love shopping ... you won't believe if I tell you I look through every shelf every item, and sometimes read recipes on every ready to eat. I love it :P

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