If you enter just a few restaurants and diners, you can clearly notice that there is at least one kiosk to order your food from. (A kiosk is a machine that can take your order by pressing the things you want on the panel) These kiosks were usually limited to the fast food chain shops which used these machines to get orders in quickly. However as the burden to hire waiters get to costly the shops are resorting to using kiosks even in rather small diner. You can also see that more and more diners are run by the family so that they do not have to deal with the minimum wage rises. This action further reduces the remaining employment sources.
|[Photo of me using a kiosk in a small kimbab shop. photo taken by Lee miyoung]|
|[Photo of me using a kiosk even in a study café. photo taken by Lee miyoung]|
|[I interviewed an shop owner (with permission to take photos) to ask questions
about her opinion on kiosks. photo taken by Lee miyoung]
Now that we are aware of these slight changes in our lives in the last couple of months, what kind of benefit or harm are we, the average citizens, feeling? The numerous kiosks have obviously streamlined the process of taking orders and are quite convenient, rather than always struggling to get the waiter’s attention every time you want to order something. But imagine this from the point of view of the elderly. The elderly are lagging behind in this streamlined culture of today and can no longer keep up with the further automation of even getting the services they need to get. Even the most essential businesses that we do every day have been automated. For example banking and buying products have started to become integrated with kiosks. This will prove to be a great pain for the elderly and also for all the social minorities such as people with disabilities. These changes may not have been sensed by those indifferent to their surrounding, but these alterations to our lives are definite proof of the drastic change of tides caused by one policy.
Yeoksam middle school
Andrew Sung firstname.lastname@example.org
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