Reading reflection – Week 8

The concept that attractive things work better raises an intriguing question about the relationship between aesthetics and functionality. It is indeed thought-provoking to consider whether we find objects appealing because we can subconsciously perceive their potential ease of use, and the subsequent satisfaction we derive from confirming our expectations. Just as when we examine a product and intuitively sense its ergonomic design, we appreciate its simplicity and effectiveness even before handling it. This initial attraction is comparable to our perceptions of beauty in people; an attractive exterior often becomes more compelling when accompanied by qualities like a warm smile, healthy teeth, a pleasant voice, and a likable personality.

On the other hand, the counter argument suggests that our thoughtfulness in assessing attractiveness beforehand may be limited. It’s true that not all functional products on the shelves are necessarily coveted in the manner described. Many utilitarian items do not receive the same level of initial attention or appeal as aesthetically pleasing ones. However, the counter argument acknowledges that functionality can enhance attractiveness afterward. For instance, a product that may not appear striking initially but offers exceptional functionality can become more attractive once its usefulness and positive attributes are realized. This is analogous to a person who may not be conventionally attractive but is incredibly enjoyable to be around, gradually altering our perception and making us appreciate their company in a different light.

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