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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Un-Smart Actions


The most un- smart thing that can happen when using a smart device is to accidentally touch a link or an icon that was not intended. I am sure each one of us has suffered for this folly in some way or other. The result of this could sometimes be a laughing matter, while at other times a matter of a long time suffering. I know of instances when an accidental like for an ‘e-commerce site’ resulted in never ending stream of advertisements and similarly touching the ‘like’ button for a site that offered solutions to ‘sexual problems’ resulted into embarrassing stream of never ending advertisement to the friends list about the efficacy of the solutions duly endorsed by the ‘poor’ individual, who had no such intent!
Unfortunately, it is very difficult to ‘unlike’ these and going through the administrator is tedious, and does not offer easy solutions. Someone told me that while browsing on the hand device an unfortunate touch on an ‘online dating site’ resulted in a never ending stream of all kinds of suitors who were keen to befriend the individual.
I have been a victim too, but thankfully except for minor embarrassment, and sometimes paying a heftier mobile bill, the damage was well contained. Many a times, the outgoing calls to the last dialed number, happened while sliding the phone in the pocket and forgetting to lock the device. In fact, one of the person whose name was first on the dialing list on top of the alphabetic order, told me that I have troubled him at the most odd times and not once , but repeatedly. A harmless person like me certainly felt bad when I was informed on the phone that I had dialed half a dozen times and never said anything meaningful. At least it was forgotten as an un- intentional reckless act.
The ‘auto suggestion’ of word has resulted in many a blunder that do not border on humor. Misspelling of the names, giving a complete twist to the meaning, using harsh words that normally are not a part of my regular vocabulary are just a few examples. One omission of re-reading the text and inordinate hurry in pressing the ‘SEND’ button is one of the main causes, in my case. As the old adage goes’ once the arrow leaves the bow, you can’t call it back’ and only’ regret in leisure’. Sample this, and am sure there is an endless list one can come across from the real life scenarios.


A ‘share’ button and ‘change language’ buttons on most of the social media sites need to be touched with utmost  caution as  it tends to go to places where it was never meant to be shared and picks up a language with which one is least familiar. The consequences, needless to say are always disastrous as some good friends will unfriend you and huge amount of energy would be spent to restore the device to the original language. This learning is not very useful in long run as the history keeps repeating!

PS- Images Kind courtesy Google

16 comments:

  1. I was laughing out loud reading that chat discussion ,.....ha ha .....That Share and Like buttons are so dangerous.....

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  2. I couldn't stop laughing while reading this post. Auto correct has messed up my spellings so many times :( Nowadays I am extra careful with my smart phone!

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    1. One has to be really careful, Rachna:)

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  3. Yes we have to tread with care with these smart devices,they are way ahead of us poor humans ;).I have suffered this change language blunder.

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    1. SO I am not the only one who has suffered:) Thanks for reading, Induji

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  4. I feel we don't have own the phone. Phone own us. We are dictated by it. It's a reckless thing to be handled with extra caution.

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    1. Very true Saru, but yes we need to handle technology with caution.

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  5. oh yes...I am pretty sure each of us will have our own set of experiences with these over smart devices. You should see young kids abusing the iphone's 'Siri'. I tell them to treat it with respect. LOL. That joke was funny :)

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    1. Thanks Latha for that two pence on Siri which I forgot all together in this post.Anyway we still have a lot to thank for so many marvels of smart devices like maps, translation and just countless many more.

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  6. This is the flip side of technology. I've had all sorts of embarrassments!

    The craziest ones are adverts on solutions to sexual problems when I have none! They should be smart enough to know who has what kind of problem (being funny here) ☺️

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    1. Don't be surprised as based on searches the smart algorithms suggest what one wants to see besides inadvertent touch of a wrong button,Alok:)

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  7. Oh yes! I can totally relate to this. Also the frequent autocorrect mishaps are so embarrassing. Google is watching us so every innocuous query leads us to seeing all kinds of crazy ads.

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    1. Absolutely, Rachna! We all have succumbed to these mishaps often!

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  8. Oh yes, once the arrow leaves, the damage is done. Thankfully, I haven't had major accidents. :)

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