Um, why bother with new tech if it's more work to use it than skip it?

I suspect that thousands (millions?) of people, who were never in the habit of constantly taking photos of the world around them now invest significant amounts of time doing so, just because their phones take photos - time which might be better invested in learning to do their jobs well (as opposed to just enough to get by). Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be an inverse relationship between technology and the quality of services and products available to consumers?