Most annoying modern technologies?

BabyTyrant

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I would say #1 is Automated Calling

I have blocked easily over a dozen different numbers from different locations (or so the information says when you see the number pop up) which seem to all be one of 2 things

The one I get most often is a call about "my cars extended warranty" ; I don't even have a car so good luck trying to scam me with that approach.

The other is "hi this is Blank, your local Google Specialist" ; nice try but I dont think Google is auto calling people and I have to assume its probably a scam at the end anyways.

I wish they would make it illegal to use Auto Calling; i know in some instances it can be convenient; but only for the companies that employ it; it is annoying when you are on the receiving end

Furthermore I believe they are use some kind of technology that changes the phone number and physical location attributed to it

Every time I get these Auto Calls, it is from a different number and different location; so all I can do is keep blocking them when I get them.

but it is so annoying because I want it to at least be a person so I can tell them "not interested, bye" and then block the number and be done with it
 

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Very annoying--only shows city & phone #--most of the ones I get are "we can lower interest on your credit card" or medical insurance sales..,
 

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Yeah, phones would be mine as well. Ninety percent of my phone calls are robo calls. I truly hope they all go to hell. I think drones will soon become dangerous, especially to aircraft. The next phase of terrorism will be with drones used to carry an explosive. I know people love to fly personal drones but that can cause problems.
 

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Oh, I get that exact extended warranty crap! Sometimes it's something about student loans, but I haven't been getting those lately. I filed a complaint with the FCC over it and for a while the calls seemed to stop. Maybe it was a coincidence, but it's still not as bad as it used to be for me.
 

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Why answer calls where you don't recognize the number?
Unfortunately, one doesn't always have the luxury of ignoring unknown numbers. About a third of the calls that come into my office are robocalls of various kinds, offering business loans, job listing services, search engine optimization, ...you name it. It's a colossal waste of time, and yet, if we aren't answering every call, we're losing customers.

My biggest gripe with this is not so much technological as it is legal. By now, one would think that we would have just made this stuff--and physical junk-mail, and spam email--against the law. Of course, the phone companies and the Postal Service practically live off the fees they get from these robo-bastards, so... Fat chance. All we get is a dysfunctional "Do Not Call" registry and a corresponding law so full of holes it might as well not exist.

I think drones will s become dangerous, especially to aircraft. The next phase of terrorism will be with drones used to carry an explosive. I know people love to fly personal drones but that can cause problems.
I'm a drone hobbyist, but I know what you mean. It's a sad reality of many technologies that even the most easily foreseen misuses aren't addressed until there's a loss of life or some other serious consequence.
 
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Why do you answer calls where you don't recognize the number?
i do it encase its something important, i dont get the big deal with these automated calls
Unfortunately, one doesn't always have the luxury of ignoring unknown numbers. About a third of the calls that come into my office are robocalls of various kinds, offering business loans, job listing services, search engine optimization, ...you name it. It's a colossal waste of time, and yet, if we aren't answering every call, we're losing customers.

My biggest gripe with this is not so much technological as it is legal. By now, one would think that we would have just made this stuff--and physical junk-mail, and spam email--against the law. Of course, the phone companies and the Postal Service practically live off the fees they get from these robo-bastards, so... Fat chance. All we get is a dysfunctional "Do Not Call" registry and a corresponding law so full of holes it might as well not exist.
there is laws, you tell them put you on your do not call list and they cant call you for a year (something like this)
 
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Why do you answer calls where you don't recognize the number?
Well me personally I don't always look to see what the number is

Worse case scenario it is an annoying Auto-Call (probably in an attempt to scam me) which I promptly hang up and then hit my "Block Number" option.

The bigger problem at hand is these same people have it set up where it doesn't matter if you block one number

They will keep Auto Calling you with a different number and location Data, then you have to block that one

And so on and so forth, it basically never ends
 

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I work in legitimate outgoing calls. Robo calls make my job hell.

By the way to get away from the majority of robo calls, register on the do not call list and when you do get a robo call, listen to the entire intro, there will usually be an option to opt out at the very end. You can block the number but it's really easy for them to spoof their number and call from somewhere else.

I work calling people to do legitimate health and political surveys. Most think I'm a robo call and it makes my days long, boring, and frustrating. To get out of my calls literally all you have to do is listen to the entire intro and say "don't call me back" or "don't call this number again." If you hang up in the middle or after without a word, you will be called again unfortunately. Don't say "take me off the list" to these because we're required to feed you this bs how we don't have a list whatever whatever. "DO NOT CALL ME BACK" AFTER INTRO. MAGIC WORDS! And if you say you're not interested or don't want to, you'll be called again in a few days. Blame the system not the employee. You HAVE TO listen to the whole thing AND THEN ask them to stop. Yes we know you don't want to, we know you probably won't want to in 3 days, and we don't want to call again either. But they make us do this. Blame the system not the employee. Most of us are just low wage college kids trying to get by or disabled folk who need a part time sit down job. I haven't been caught yet but when people are polite I remove their number under the table. If I do get caught I'm pretty much guaranteed a strike though.

To tell the difference between scams and legitimate calls, legitimate calls do not try to sell you anything nor ask for any identifying information with the option to refuse any amount of questions. With the exception of California that pays you for surveys pretty often. Then they just need a name and address to send the cheque but you can always opt out. If they ask for a bank or card # it's a scam. If you do these surveys though seriously you're appreciated and there's a good chance you're that poor kid's first and maybe only one of the day.

Anyway... Hope my ramble from the inside will help you folks in some way.

On topic, besides hating robocalls, I agree on lootboxes.

Can modern health insurance and health care count as an annoying modern technology? If you have it fantastic, if you don't, or can't afford it (such as myself) and get sick without any money well good luck to you then! Thank goodness I live near Mexico because it has on more than one occasion saved me and my boyfriend's butt. Like once I got bit by my cat breaking up a fight and it got terribly infected. Sat in a US clinic for 3 hours for them to tell me they can't see me and I need to go to a hospital. In 2 hours I travelled to Mexico, was seen, and received everything I needed + a fast acting antibiotic anti-inflammatory injection and still have my hand for $70. And on another occasion my boyfriend was in between insurances, and needed insulin. He's T1 and the insulin he needed was $900 for a months supply in the US $39 in Mexico over the counter. Exact same stuff. God I hate the health care system in the US
 

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My number one annoying modern technology is the selfie stick 😄

Number two is the mobile phone if used (inappropriately) in public.

Number three: the cookie wall.
 

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Can modern health insurance and health care count as an annoying modern technology? If you have it fantastic, if you don't, or can't afford it (such as myself) and get sick without any money well good luck to you then! Thank goodness I live near Mexico because it has on more than one occasion saved me and my boyfriend's butt. Like once I got bit by my cat breaking up a fight and it got terribly infected. Sat in a US clinic for 3 hours for them to tell me they can't see me and I need to go to a hospital. In 2 hours I travelled to Mexico, was seen, and received everything I needed + a fast acting antibiotic anti-inflammatory injection and still have my hand for $70. And on another occasion my boyfriend was in between insurances, and needed insulin. He's T1 and the insulin he needed was $900 for a months supply in the US $39 in Mexico over the counter. Exact same stuff. God I hate the health care system in the US
I would not call that modern, since the history and origin (least in us I think?) dates back long ago that pushed hospitals putting overpriced price tags on things.
 
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At 5:30am, every weekday morning, I find alarm clocks pretty annoying.
 

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I was thinking of setting up a Robo caller on my old 56k fax/modem. I could add all the phone numbers of businesses that call me. I do need to get the business name because most Robo calls have spoofed numbers. Also, when I get a Robo call, I like to chat them up for a while, get them all excited about a sale and then say no after 30 mins or so. TFB for them! 😄
 

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Here’s two of the most annoying things that exist in my opinion:
1) Advertisements on YouTube videos, especially if there’s multiple ads in 1 video or a 30-second ad that I can’t skip.
2) Trap music, which has been already been milked to death.
 

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Here’s two of the most annoying things that exist in my opinion:
1) Advertisements on YouTube videos, especially if there’s multiple ads in 1 video or a 30-second ad that I can’t skip.
2) Trap music, which has been already been milked to death.
Oh god yes unskippable ads!

Can we have a moment to talk about those dumb ads that overlay over the entire page freezing up for a sec while it loads? Or the video ads that play on their own randomly.

And companies wonder why so many people use AdBlock
 

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Automated diaper changing machine! They are so brash and cold. ABy needs a warn, gentle, caring hand! 😄
 
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Automated diaper changing machine! They are so brash and cold. ABy needs a warn, gentle, caring hand! 😄
Haha...yeah look what happened to Donald Duck, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck. They hate those machines too. At least Tom Cat got put in diapers and plastic pants by the little girl of the house and she even gave him a nice bottle of milk. I wished she lived in my house.....meow!
 
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