Are Americans now so spoiled that we won't expend the physical effort to open a door?
A half-dozen times a week, I see able-bodied men and women enter a public place by pushing the button that power-opens the door instead of just pushing or pulling on their own. I understand the need for these devices -- to assist those who are wheelchair-bound, or disabled, or elderly -- but it's remarkable how many seemingly healthy people don't think twice about hitting that button.
We have plenty of technology that makes our lives easier, but using this one is simple laziness, not to mention a waste of electricity. It belongs in the same category as the button in hotel rooms that opens the window curtains for you. Really? Do you need one for the shower curtain and your closet door, too?