The paradox of autocorrect. SO much easier when texting. SO much more annoying when texting. Enraging, enraging, enraging. Easier, easier, easier. Funnier, funnier, funnier.
What do you think? In which category/categories of autocorrect/predicted text reactions (hi to my European friends) do you usually fall? I’m really thinking about this. Funnier and easier would have probably tied, with enraged a little less, at the beginning of my texting life. Now it’s less funny and more enraging. My spelling is good. Which is a good trait when one is an English teacher. So when my partly human device changes what I’m writing, it’s really annoying. And I text REALLY fast. Therefore, I often don’t see the little change thingy that comes up and text past it. And unless I edit the way I would a blog or essay (which defeats the ease of texting), I hit send and then realize with horror/humor/embarrassment that the message was changed in some way. And, of course, I think it’s much funnier when other people’s texts are autocorrected in a unique way. Personal favorites:
1. My daughter became enraged at the autocorrect on her phone. In frustration and anger, she maniacally typed in about 30 letters that made no sense. When she glanced at the screen, the partly human device had changed that long diatribe of letters to KILL. Now that’s funny.
2. I tried to text my husband, referring to an earlier blog post this month, that my friend said I should have warned her not to read “Car seats in heaven” at work. Hit send. Except it autocorrected to “she said bishops have warned her not to read ‘Car seats in heaven’ at work.” His response was what in the world do bishops have to do with that? Which bishops? Funny.
3. I drop my phone. A lot. So I have the huge rubbery yet hard iPhone cover that is inches thick (exaggerating). It is impossible to type quickly and hit the letters on the right and left edges correctly. I haven’t written the word “play” correctly since I got this iPhone. Ever. But I send “okay” instead. A lot. Funny….not.
4. When I first encountered the paradox of autocorrecting, I texted one of my friends. Thank God I looked before hitting send. A word or phrase that I no longer remember was changed to the “n_____” word. Utter horror.
5. The partly human device never corrects the word “autocorrect.” Some programmer gleefully devised that glitch. I’m certain of it.
And your favorite examples are………………….?