Manual vs. electric

I’ve been incredibly busy today, both writing code and giving presentations. But I have a few minutes before I head off to the gym and I’ve been itching to write about something I was thinking about in the shower last night. Are you manual or electric?

In thinking about manual things in our life and their electronic replacements, here are some of the things I considered, with my preference listed in bold:

Manual razor vs. electric razor
Manual pencil sharpener vs. electric pencil sharpener
Manual typewriter vs. electric typewriter
Manual stapler vs. electric stapler
Manual can opener vs. electric can opener

In one place I differ:

Electric toothbrush vs. manual toothbrush

And in a related way (mechanical vs. electronic):

Analog vs. digital clocks

I can’t remember what it was that got me thinking about this in the shower, but having thought it through, I seem to prefer manual devices over their electronic counterparts. Now if I only knew why…

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.