I rarely watch or listen to commercials when I am watching TV…let’s hear it for the “mute” button. Yesterday, however, I was doing something and the TV was on in the background. I was only half listening to it and didn’t mute the commercials. Suddenly one spot got my attention. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and I had to look up from what I was doing to see if the commercial had changed from the previous one. It hadn’t.
The ad was for a dog medication that would treat three different problems…don’t remember which three. What caught my attention, however, was at the end of the commercial they started listing all of the side effects the medication could have on the dog one being depression. What! Is this something new?
I understand all of the disclaimers on human meds…CYA. I sometimes think the side effects are worse than the problem they are meant to cure, but dog medicine? I guess it has come down to the point that with a sue happy society all bases must be covered.
This got me to thinking what’s next? Can you see appliances listing side effects? Buying this new stove could lead to more cooking at home which could lead to having more food in your house at any one time than you should which could lead to overeating and obesity. Consult your doctor before making this purchase.
Or how about…your new recliner may lead to extended time sitting and lounging and possibly falling asleep which may lead to you not being able to get a good night’s sleep. The comfort of your new chair may lead to you not wanting to get off it which may lead to things like not getting your household chores done. Talk to your spouse before making this purchase.
Here’s another. That new outfit you bought cold cause you to want to go out and show it off which may lead to you getting into your car, paying a high price for gas so you can go somewhere which might include dinner out at a fancy restaurant you can’t afford. Talk to your financial planner before making this purchase.
There are many others, but I will stop here. Are these ads far fetched or are they something in our near future/ Time will tell