Posted in A to Z Challenge 2017, The way I see it, whatever!


U2016 is for U2016ser-friendly

The Way I See It

I am an intelligent person and I have good common sense. I can read directions and instructions for most things and understand them. I have put together desks and bookcases. I can sew and crochet. I can cook and bake. I can program a digital clock, and rewire a lamp. All these things I have done successfully by reading the instructions. I am not afraid to do something I haven’t done before if I have instructions.

However, when the first words in a manual say user-friendly I become slightly nauseous, begin to break out in itchy red welts and know a migraine is soon to invade my brain. Some synonyms for user-friendly are; untroublesome, uncomplicated, convenient, and foolproof. What they don’t tell you is that the user-friendly manual has been written by someone whose first language is not English. They are fluent in Techspeak. English is my first language, actually my only language, and I have no knowledge of Techspeak.

The way I see it…user-friendly is an oxymoron and false advertising. Products that are user-friendly should have an address for a ten-year-old included in the package so adults can have the instructions interpreted by them. Better yet, they should include the ten-year-old in the packaging.

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10 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge…U

  1. I usually find myself to be much smarter than I originally think when I start looking at instructions. Technology and putting stuff together often intimidates me, but somehow I tend to figure things out. Maybe things are more user friendly than I think, but a lot of times they’re not.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. I am pretty good with most hands on things but I have little patience for the tech world. I don’t understand why they had to invent a new language for all these gadgets.

  2. Funny, but so very true! I totally agree about including the young person to translate the directions, it would be nice if they’d enclose them with all electronic devices that need set up too! 🙂

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