A few days ago, a friend posted on Facebook a picture of overcooked eggs still in the frying pan, asking for help. In an instant I saw the problem, trying to cook eggs with too much heat. Then reading the comments already on the post I saw the bigger problem. People recommending a whole host of different pans that my friend needed to buy. That's the American way, trying to buy experience and skill.
All my friend needed to do to cook better eggs, is to cook at a lower setting and have the patience to practice. But the majority of the advice was to buy something to fix the problem. That seems to be the standard solution for more than just cooking eggs.
No good at golf? You need better clubs.
Can't catch fish? A new rod and reel is the answer.
Not getting enough exercise? You need a $300 smart watch that counts your steps and shows a GPS generated map of where you walked.
One could write dozens of examples of ways to improve any hobby, work or household task by simply buying a new gadget or tool. We are all looking for the quick fix that the latest technology or innovation can bring us.
But most of the time what we really need is some practice or training.