|Design over function|
I have discovered one such change. Medicine spoons.
Recently when buying medication, especially for children, I have noticed that the spoons that come with the product have changed. They have moved from a useful measuring tool with a 5ml or 2.5ml side, to an utterly pointless, spill-it-everywhere-as-you-cannot-use-it-properly piece of moronic design.
Why would anyone think a spoon with a 'lip' on it was a good idea?
Now, I understand that it makes it less likely that some shaky old parent is going to spill it onto the carpet, but have you actually tried to use one of these spoons?
While the medicine floats happily in its own enclosed swimming pool, trying to get the stuff into your child's mouth is almost impossible. Yes, the first bit as you tip the spoon comes out but then to get the entire contents of it taken (remember this is a measured amount rather than a 'what you can get in is ok' amount), you have to get your child to tilt their head backwards and turn the spoon upside down to release the rest of the dose. Yeah, try that with a 2 year old who has no patience.
Thankfully I have a good collection of the 'old' style spoons that actually worked but it seems that they are rarely available anymore in 'off the shelf' medication.
I'm going to have to launch a campaign of "Save our Spoons" - an alternative SOS for the modern day!