Do You Like Fast Food?
While the idea of take-out foods often carries with it connotations of multinational corporations like McDonald’s that offer overpriced, greasy food to a hurrying public, the term “take out” actually refers to far more than that. A lot of takeout foods are far from generic, and a large majority of them don’t come from capitalist giants at all. Statistically speaking, there are more Chinese restaurants offering take out in the United States than there are McDonald’s outlets. But whether you’re referring to the usual fast food or viands that have been prepared in hole-in-the-wall restaurants, it’s undeniable that take out foods are taking the world by storm.
These days, everyone eats take out. Just like the shopping mall, take out foods have invaded even the smallest backwater towns. Not so long ago, when our parents were young, people would eat in restaurants but only for special occasions. Sitting down in the restaurant was an integral part of the experience. If one spent money, then one should at least be spared the trouble of doing dishes or cleaning up after one’s self. Ninety percent of the time, people ate food that was prepared at home. Even those who couldn’t go home for lunch and were stuck at school or at work would sit down in cafeterias or eat something out of a lunch box.
Today, however, the pace of life has changed to an unprecedented extent where ordering food online is becoming more popular. The financial landscape is different. Gone are the days when Mom could do the marketing and prepare all the family’s meals at home. At the present, many families are forced to depend on two incomes; one just isn’t enough. And when both parents are working, no one has the time to cook. The solution, then, is often to have someone else do the cooking. Few people have the incomes to support a maid or a cook, so they just go out and buy food instead. Luckily, there are so many options to choose from at present, and ordering a full meal is only a matter of dialing a number or going online and clicking away. And while in the past you could only choose from among burgers, pizza or Chinese food for takeout, today there are a myriad of options. And if families are eating take out foods, so are students and single people in their own apartments – the traditional market of food-to-go. It says something about the times we live in that it’s easier to make money than to find time to cook.