I love technology and all that it can do. If there were no technology I would not be writing this blog and YOU would not be reading it. But there are times when technology bugs me. Shocking but true.
Notifications. Whether it is on my phone or on my laptop sometimes those pesky notifications can be difficult to manage and turn off. Sometimes they come in at an inappropriate moment. I always “think” I have turned them all off but at times there are ones that kind of sneak through. Am I the only one who gets irritated by these?
Apps You Can’t Delete. That is really about my only complaint about my iPhone. There are some apps that come preloaded that can not be deleted. Some are health related, some are directional ones and some are just ones that I will never use and yet there they are. Hanging out on my phone. I try to put them into folders so my screen is not all cluttered but still—I wish I could delete a few of them.
Music that loads automatically. It must have used to have been a thing. But I don’t like it. I don’t like going to a blog and having music play. Oh I know most of them have a mute button hidden someplace on the blog but still. I like to choose my own music and not have to listen to a choice that is not one I would make.
Captcha. Oh how I hate Captcha. I know it helps to protect websites and blogs from spam and bots that crawl around and have no purpose other than to do no good but still. Have you ever tried to listen to the audio for one of those? It makes no sense. Even if you can read the word or letters and numbers it is frustrating for me to have to type those in. I prefer the sites that allow you to simply check a box to say that you are a human. Or allow the commenter to be “approved” after just a couple of moderated comments. I hate Captcha. Chances are if I visit your blog and you use it I REALLY like you because I usually don’t mess around with it.
Social Media Cluelessness. This runs the gamut for me. It can either be people who are just plain mean in social media avenues or who have a lack of filter. I know I post a lot of food pictures and selfies but I would never knowingly post mean comments or be a troll. Meanness is not acceptable and if you make a mean comment on my blog it gets deleted. Fortunately I have great readers and rarely have to delete a comment.
Appropriate Time and Place. There are times when using cell phones and tablets is appropriate. There are times when it is not appropriate. I recently saw a family at a restaurant. Both parents were on their cell phones. Both kids were on tablets playing games and watching movies. There was no conversation. At all. I am glad my boys were raised during the time when these were not a part of everyday dinners.
Auto Correct. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. My sister still texts me to tell me she is “motrin-ing” a check. My text about a “mobile deposit” turned into a “motrin” text. Of course almost everyone has an example of an autocorrect fail. Tell me yours in the comments?
Caught in a loop. Do you know what I am talking about? When you call an office or a company and the voice recognition does not recognize what you want or the department you want to talk to? My worse case was when we lived in Australia. Apparently my accent masked what I really wanted to ask. I kept trying different words and phrases. Nothing worked. It actually got pretty funny because I just kept getting kicked back to the “I ‘m sorry—we do not recognize that response. Please rephrase.” When I did it still did not understand me.
So tell me—can you identify with any of my dislikes listed above? Let me know in the comments section. Comments for a Cause this month will go to Mason City First UMC Prayer Shawl Ministry.