I find myself frustrated to break-stuff levels every time I hear someone rave about this shit.
"Oh Em Gee! I don't have to think about cooking anymore because it comes to my door in individual baggies, which I have to unpack, then arrange on my counter in order to utilize the included instructions, maybe chop some things, add some meat maybe and then toss together without learning anything!" Sigh. Okay, fine: if you want to learn new flavor combos or use new ingredients, use these boxes as an educational tool for a couple weeks and then be a grownup and do it yourself. Do you really need individually packed basil leaves?
You DO realize that the average time to prep/cook one of these meals is about 45 minutes, right? And you also realize that you can make your OWN food faster, right? AAAAANNNNDDD, you must also surely realize that you can buy the materials at your grocery store for at least 1/3 of the price, right? Like I said in the first sentence above...
Meal delivery services are becoming a multi-million dollar industry because Americans have finally not only acknowledged but given in to their inherent laziness. They have given up a skill, maybe even a piece of their cultural heritage, so they don't have to participate in such (in my opinion) an important facet of everyday life: nourishing yourself and/or your family.
When did Americans stop learning to cook? I'm not talking about making gourmet shit on a Tuesday night. I myself am guilty of tossing together some chicken, haricots and potatoes when I'm not in the mood, but I still do it. Why? Because it's fresh, made by my two hands and is part of the continuum of making a home and feeding those that I love.
Deep down, I fear that the automatic delivery of food is part of the slippery slope towards a Wall-E future. We're increasingly taking the shortcut, the easy way out, and we're losing skills along the way. Who are the biggest users of these meal delivery services? Millennials, who weren't taught to cook. And because they don't know how to cook, they won't pass these skills down to their kids, who will likely just get their food from a home vending machine a la Star Trek.