In many ways, technology has made our lives astronomically better. We walk around with supercomputers in our pockets, we have the ability to access endless amounts of information, and technology has made our lives easier in more ways than we know, but it’s not perfect.
Every once in a while, technology turns against us and makes our lives much more complicated than it should have been, or it becomes clear that computers really might be trying to take over.
Should I Meet You Out Front?
You were already running 10 minutes behind schedule to meet your friends, but now that your Uber driver has driven into the middle of the lake, you’re definitely going to be missing your dinner reservations.
Look, we already knew that we weren’t getting a lot of matches. We were happy to lie to ourselves and claim there was something wrong with our algorithm. We didn’t need Tinder to give us this reality check.
Suffer On The Subway
We all know that having to take public transportation can be a serious hassle, and no one really enjoys doing it, but the fact that they’re acknowledging it doesn’t make us feel any better.
The Blue Screen Of Death
No one ever wants to come across the blue screen of death when working with technology, but you definitely don’t want to come across it as an employee who works at that store and has to figure out how to fix it.
A Little Late To The Party
Five months later, your phone decides to tell you that it never actually sent that super important text where you poured your heart out to someone, and now you realize you’ve spent the last 155 days upset for no reason.
We’ve Already Forgotten What We Wrote
Websites nowadays require so many different letters, special characters, and alterations in a password that it’s near impossible to remember every one, but 255 characters? That’s a short story.
You’re Never Going To Pass
If Turn It In is telling you that the first word of the first sentence of the first paragraph you submitted is plagiarized, and that word is “the,” you have basically no chance of passing. Just drop out now.
What Are You Trying To Pull?
And this is why we can’t trust technology. You may call it convenient, but we call it our phone trying to carry out the plot it’s been devising for years.
Does Anyone Have The Answers?
If even the online learning system doesn’t know whether or not you have the right answer, how can we trust that we’re actually learning anything? We’re all out here, clueless together.
That’s Not How Bridges Work
This is the reason that Google Earth can’t be trusted. Despite what the map is telling you, you can’t just bend a road into a bridge over a cavern, so don’t go driving off any cliffs without checking first.
That’s How We Feel About Work Too
If there was a way to use this error message as a response to other people asking us to do things, we’d be using it all day long. Sometimes, you just can’t, and there’s no other explanation necessary.
So You’re Not A Great Conversationalist
If you thought that you were a bad texter, just know that you’re better than this person who is so terrible at holding a conversation that people are actually taking their texts back from them.
It’s Part Of The New Weight Loss Feature
What kind of microwave has the audacity to tell us that it won’t heat up our food? Sure, we probably shouldn’t be heating up our roommate’s leftovers at 2 a.m., but that’s beside the point.
Seems A Little Hypocritical
So I set my phone to “Do Not Disturb” so I won’t get notifications while driving, and then you send me a notification to tell me you won’t send me notifications. Does anyone else see something wrong with that system?
Have you ever thought about how strange it is that a computer is asking us to validate to them, a robot, that we aren’t a robot? Who gave them that kind of authority?
EVERYTHING IS BROKEN
Some software designer came up with this error message thinking that no one could ever mess up a computer badly enough to see it, but they vastly underestimated how bad humans are with computers.
Well, What Can I Do?
Realistically, once we’ve connected to the wifi, we don’t need any other features. That’s enough work for one day. Time to pack it in and go do something else until it’s time to clock out.
High Fives All-Around
That’s the kind of positive attitude you like to see in the workplace! You may not have done it well—in fact, you may have failed it miserably—but at least you put in the effort to finish the job.
Everything Is Not Good
Despite what the message in the middle is telling you, everything is not actually good. The dozens of failed windows around it are sending a very different message, so don’t fall for the propaganda.
Someone’s Getting Fired
In some cases, like this one, a technology glitch works in your favor. You were told the coupon was for 30% off, it took 98% off, and now some customer service representative is going to have to solve that problem.