Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, better, and more convenient, but there’s a dark side to all the gadgets and gizmos. They’re driving us crazy! So, here are the top eight technologies we hate, according to a poll in the London Daily Mail.
- #8: Automated telemarketing calls. There’s nothing that gets the blood boiling quite like answering the phone during dinner, and hearing a recorded voice promoting a product, service, or a political candidate.
- #7: Satellite navigation systems. Those chirpy voices: “Turn right at 500 feet. Okay, you missed your turn.” Not to mention when the maps are incorrect, and you end up at the completely wrong destination.
- #6: Badly-fitting earbuds. They literally keep falling out of your ears. If you leave them in for too long, they hurt.
- #5: Cell phone speakers. Don’t put your cell phone on speaker-phone. Nobody wants to listen to your conversation, especially in a restaurant or movie theatre. They really hate the walkie-talkie phones that chirp loudly between voices.
- #4: Alarm clocks. Most people surveyed said they’d prefer something that gradually wakes them up. Rather than the nerve-shattering, adrenaline-pumping sound of bells or beepers, or overly-perky music.
- #3: Security lights. They’re inexpensive and easy to install, but they don’t just illuminate your path home and scare off burglars. They also can keep you up all night as they’re constantly triggered by every little breeze and passing cat.
- #2: The trackball mouse. It’s a design that seems to be more efficient at gathering fluff and grime than navigating a computer screen.
- #1: Traffic cameras that document your misdeeds when you’re speeding. They make sense near schools or dangerous intersections, but they become public enemy #1 if they snap you just over the speed limit on an open stretch of road.