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Editorial: The fast track to outright inertia

Last week both McDonald's and KFC announced that they will be trialling home delivery service in some parts of the country.
Last week both McDonald's and KFC announced that they will be trialling home delivery service in some parts of the country.

As a society we seem to be getting more and more lazy.

Far-fetched as it may seem, it does make me wonder if one day we really could end up like the humans in Wall-E - driving around everywhere rather than walking, with screens permanently stuck in front of their faces.

Just last week, McDonald's and KFC announced they would be trialling home delivery in some parts of the country.

How lazy is that? Not only are people too lazy to cook, they can't even make the effort to leave their house and walk or drive to the restaurant.

Yes, people today are time-poor and I too am guilty of opting for takeaways sometimes when I am just too lazy to cook. But surely if we are going to indulge in greasy fast-food, we should be willing to get off the couch and pick it up ourselves.

For as long as I can remember, pizza joints have done deliveries, but I'm always too tight to pay the extra for it when I could go and get it myself for less.

The fact that two large, successful chains will be offering home delivery suggests people these days may be more willing to pay for the luxury of not leaving their house. I guess we'll soon find out.

The extra cost is also a concern. Not only is there a minimum spend requirement but you also pay a delivery fee - it'll soon add up if you're not careful.

But it's not just fast-food delivery. You can drive through some banks and liquor shops - who would have imagined that 10 years ago?

You no longer have to go to the video shop to rent a movie, you can buy and stream them online.

Groceries can be delivered to your door. In fact companies such as My Food Bag will decide on your menu for the week and deliver the exact items and recipes to your doorstep.

There's a fine line between convenience and laziness and the way things are going, I'm worried we are going to overstep it. We should enjoy getting out of the house, even if it is for something as menial as grocery shopping or picking up takeaways.

It's never as bad as you think - and what better way to get in some quality people-watching.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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