10 Tech Things... guaranteed to stress you out

Tech is supposed to make our lives easier. Try telling that to your local self-checkout machine...

Tech is amazing when it works straight out of the box or without scanning over pages of instructions. But as we all well know, life is never that straightforward. Here's 10 scenarios where our relationship with tech can often lead us to reach for the medicine cabinet.

 

1. Putting home gadgets away

Nothing is certain to cover a man with more bruises and put him in more danger of a ricked back than trying to force a vacuum cleaner back into its cupboard. It’s like trying to push a large, malevolent octopus with a grudge into the back seat of a Kia, but somehow more difficult.

 

2. Self-checkouts

 

“Is this a gala or a honeydew? He hasn’t put a barcode on these ham slices! Why has it stopped registering my bag – it hasn’t left the bagging area?! Seek assistance for a can of Shandy Bass?! Where’s the man gone?! I’VE BEEN HERE FOR SIX HOURS NOW!!” You get your own back, though, by lying about using two of your own bags instead of one, thereby scooping extra green points… that you then fail to collect at the customer-servicesdesk- cum-tobacconist, due to the queue.

 

3. Realising you’ve been typing after pressing the ‘Insert’ key…

Ten minutes too late. To the man who invented this key: we would like to “insert” something into you, then “overwrite” you, using a steamroller. How do you sleep?

 

4. Realising your suit doesn’t fit

Ah, the sadness that descends after an hour of furious gut-sucking and trouser-tugging, before you realise that despite what that suspiciously free weight-watching app tells you, yes, you have put on a tiny bit more holiday fat than last year, and you are going to have to go to the church with the bottom button undone.

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