6 Reasons Supposed Improvements Can Backfire

I’ll write something about autocorrect tomorrow this has been on my mind recently. So here I’ll try to make sense of it.

  1. Miss-use – Improvement, and changes are often made with the intent to change behavior things are changed or improved in hopes that less will be used, the processes would be done less often, etc. For example, high fructose corn syrup was considered a good substitute for cane sugar (or beet sugar) because it was sweeter so you could use less to get the same effect; what actually happened was that the same amount was used as cane sugar or it was used in addition to cane sugar which made food less healthy overall. (Contrary to popular belief fructose is not healthier than sucrose when consumed in the same amount, it merely raises blood sugar levels more gradually, but it has it’s own negative side effect. Fruit is considered healthy despite the natural sugars, and because the fibers in the fruit slow down the digestion and absorption of sugars, so fruit juice is just sugar water.) In addition, plastic is a prime example of things being misused as it is a very durable material. Yet, because of its low cost and versatility, it is often used in disposable products.
  2. Lack Of Implementation – When a new or improved version of a product or system is produced, some people don’t have a reason to get the newer version, and some people are simply accustomed to using the old version and don’t want to change. This will make it more difficult for people using the newer version to learn as they won’t have someone to help teach the, and it will make it harder and groups using varied versions may have trouble working on a shared project. Often it ends up where there exists less content, tools, and devices compatible with the newer versions and makes working on anything more complicated.
  3. Failure In Implementation – Sometimes, new things are just put into place incorrectly; it’s all nice and good if you make better screws, but if the don’t fit into the old holes than there’s not much use. The same can be said if you change to a more intuitive set of measurements, people know what they know, and it being easier to learn won’t make people suddenly forget the old way they’ve been doing things.
    – (I find myself failing to make the proper differentiations)
  4. Failure To Differentiate – Including new tools or features, or adding another tool often leads to sloppy work with people using one tool over other more specialized tools. Adding a new shape of wrench which is easier to rotate can help, but if the old wrench can fit even uncomfortably, many users will see it as a downgrade.
  5. Overbearing Zeal – “You want to make things better? You want everything to be perfect? Push your plans forward to improve every feature, the product, the history, all that is but examples for you to look at.” Often improvement is pushed forward with far too much zeal finding the perfect way is easy getting rid of the dead weight is useful, but sometimes that dead way is actually something useful five failsafe may be too much, but so are any more than one. Often when trying to make an improvement, we get rid of things that don’t seem necessary until all of them are gone, and the thing doesn’t work anymore.
  6. Taking Things For Granted – The world changes, features that are obsolete one day are needed the next.
    But the thing I need most now is a good example for this. I’m losing focus so good night and see you tomorrow.

It seems I use the word often far too often. Something for me to work on.

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