The frequent use of gadgets is a fairly modern trend, following the rise of the Industrial Revolution and modern technology – i.e., the mass production of small, complex objects. While we might consider the stopwatch as an older gadget, most of the gadgets we use these days are much more advanced in design. (Take multi-tools and LED flashlights, for example.)
Indeed, our reliance on, and fascination with, gadgets is so powerful that some people become addicted to obtaining the newest and most cutting-edge of everything. We often (unnecessarily) use them to accomplish simple tasks that could easily be achieved with our own two hands. So why the fascination with gadgets? To answer this question let’s take a look at the psychology behind gadget collecting.