I have a suggestion for you. Stop making suggestions. And while you’re at it, please stop anticipating what I’m going to say or write. Before I hear my voice say it or see it written on the screen, even I don’t know what I’m thinking, much less saying so I don’t need to get into a guessing game with my app. I feel like having coleslaw, not having a colonoscopy. It seems I can’t do anything anymore without a suggestion and I’m getting more than a little tired of it. As a husband and a father I’m already used to being told what to do so the last thing I need are more apps ‘suggesting’ what I should do. As usual I’m probably overreacting so I think I’ll examine it a little more closely. I now have a voice telling me when to get on the freeway, when to get off the freeway and when to make a U-turn without regard to the 18-wheeler bearing down on me and while I’m used to hearing that from my wife, this is some disembodied voice coming out of my car speakers when all I really want is a good country song. When the Russians hack into this app I’ll probably be in the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge and the voice will tell me to, “Make a left turn.”
The profligacy of suggestive apps has really robbed us of independent thinking as we blindly follow instructions. As it is apps are suggesting what shoes I should buy, what car I should drive when what I really need to know is which neighbor is most likely to go off the deep end. I’m sitting at home with ‘Alexa’ and she’s bugging me to turn on some lights and will play any music I like but I’ve found you just can’t listen to jazz with a hockey game on. And now I can’t even start a text to my friend Anthony without my phone asking me, “Did you mean Bob?” I can’t open Facebook without seeing suggestions about what I should be eating and where I should go to get it and my problem is that most of the meals I see on Facebook look like they’ve already been eaten. Right now on Facebook I’m looking at some concoction of strawberries, some white gunk that I can only hope is yogurt, but is probably mayonnaise, with something like oats or barley (the stuff you use to make beer) mixed in and all I can think is I hope the person who just ate that survived. And Google, please stop suggesting that I go eat raw fish as if it’s a real food instead of just something I feed my pet eagle.
I’m starting to think all these suggestions are just an extension of life as we age since we all grew up with parental suggestions…some more strongly worded than others as if they were more than suggestions. Before cell phone apps it was your mother saying, “Don’t touch that” “Put that down” “Get out of the house” “Stay away from that girl” “Don’t talk to strangers” “Wipe that off, you can still eat it” because we didn’t have Siri to say, “I’ve found 8 windowless vans in your neighborhood. Would you like directions?”
I’m sure that’s why all the voice apps default to a female voice to get the job done. Men are so predisposed to listen to their wives and mothers, the app makers believe the voice is more trustworthy or something but my Mother fed me tuna casserole and brussel sprouts so I was pretty skeptical of anything she suggested after that. Now, when I get a new voice app I just change it to the voice of an old man who sounds like a coach I had in 1967 because…well, I never listened to him.
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