Do any of you have that yellow warning light in your cars?
That is the tire pressure sensor gauge in my snazzy little Mazda 3. I think all new cars sold past the year 20xx require them. The next image is the thermometer reading for my car, you will see that it says 42 degrees.
That tire sensor gauge, which is supposed to tell me my tire pressures are too low, has been continuously on since November. And it goes on when the temperature falls below about 55 degrees. I’ve had the pressure checked several times on the tires and the pressures are in the safe range. So I basically ignore this gauge. How many warnings that are around you do you actually pay close attention to? I bet a good many of them are similar to the yellow gauge for my tire pressure in my car. In the case of my car, I don’t merely have warning fatigue, but I doubt that there is ANY useful information to be had in the warnings. For many other warnings in our lives, that are not constantly on like my gauge but which frequent us enough, I am pretty sure the “information problem” results in us having very little confidence that the signal is conveying what folks think it conveys. Just think of how lax you are when the fire alarm in your office goes off and perhaps compare that to how you react when a fire alarm in your own home goes off – in the case of the latter, at least you hustle to find a towel to blow your burnt chicken smoke away from the detector.
There are not of course any important analogies here, I’m just talking about tire pressure sensors. Please do provide your favorite examples in the comments. By the way, isn’t it pretty incredible how much of a NON-event Earth Day was this year? My guess is that “they” are saving all of their energy for their truly big day.