Why the Wired World Isn't Worth a Cup of Dog Pee

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how it feels, at least to me, that we, as a society, have allowed technology, in its many forms, to oversaturate our lives.

We document almost everything we do on some form of social media. Our access to news -- as it happens -- and information -- anything and everything -- has reached a point so absurd I often find myself feeling lost. And there literally is an app for everything.

For instance, I was in the pet store the other day and saw this:

You collect a sample of your pet's urine. You photograph it in a cup with your phone. You submit the picture via the Petnostics app and you'll receive a report with your dog's or cat's vitals.

My initial reaction to that was a rush of the anxiety I feel when I think about the aforementioned over-saturation and information overload. This feeling of the tides of technology enveloping us to the point where nothing transpires the way it used to and every idea you've ever had has been thought of and, quite possibly, digitized, monetized and maybe even scaled out by somebody else. That's unsettling.

Then I talked to the manager of the pet store. While he agreed Petnostics probably is a bit over the top ("I know when something is wrong with my dog"), he did point out the benefits. For instance, if your dog or cat has an existing medical condition, you can use the pee-in-a-cup service as a way to monitor his or her vitals without having to pay a veterinarian a much more expensive fee for the work.

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