We have always been quite practical when it comes to what we use. Of course, in third world countries, there is no much where to get things from. The thing is that, as an animal, we look for the fastest way to perform a task. As a tools-maker we are always doing that: figuring out ways to solve a problem. But as thinking humans, we are trying no to.
With all the new technology, the normal problems are practically over. The is no rush for survival (not something obvious, of course there always will be). Also, the industrialization made us to like things we don’t need and things we shouldn’t.
With time, priorities changed and our thoughts’ direction, too. We became more dependent on such things, loosing our sense of usefulness and trying to grow our sense of beauty. We stop looking for things to solve our survival problems because they’re already there, as well as many other solutions that we all now know about. The thing is, we got bored of solutions, even when for every answer, two new questions are created.
That began happening after the first tool was created, some tried not to look at efficiency of tools, but how they looked. It may sound superficial and really dummy, but it’s truth that we prefer pretty stuff rather that ugly one. Unconsciously we choose the good looking one above the others. Perhaps we associated, genetically (on a species’ level), good looking tools with useful ones. Or maybe we actually have some sort of system to perform a relation usefulness/beauty and really choose the right one.
But which is the right one? Do we give more importance to beauty or to usefulness on things? Does it really matter?