They say our ability to adapt gave us the edge over other hominins. I think it's also one of our greatest curses. When we adapt we often become bored and unappreciative. We end up craving something new and exciting, only for the adaptive cycle to repeat.
Take my 34-inch ultrawide monitor. I upgraded my home office a couple of months back from a 29-inch ultrawide. I remember how impressed I was with my new found screen real estate. I couldn't believe how massive the monitor was, making my desk appear awkwardly diminutive. I've reached the pinnacle, there's no way I would want or need a larger monitor for the foreseeable future. Two months later, I'm thinking maybe I should have paid extra for the 38 inch model. I've adapted.
From computer monitors to homes to relationships, don't we all eventually just adapt to everything around us? I often wonder how life would be different if humans didn't adapt so well. There would probably be less consumerism. No need for the next fancy iPhone if you are still excited about your current iPhone. But probably less advancement as well. Why the need for a faster iPhone if you are still excited about your current iPhone? If we didn't adapt we wouldn't need to constantly upgrade things.