@polychrome Amen. A lot has to do with a kind of presentation spectacle that we have been trained to expect: fancy fades, transitions, spinners, videos, animated gimmicks, etc. The core functionality of most "apps" could be done with a boring HTML form or green-screen text application but that does not feed into our conception of ourselves as "high-tech". The result is that a huge amount of coding and hardware expense goes into maintaining this pretense of technological progress.
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