The funniest thing happened the other day and it was the last incident in a series of about five. Have you ever noticed that when you learn a new word you see it everywhere? Or when you get a new car all of a sudden you see twenty of the same make and model? Well, this was along the same vein.
I bought a new mini-speaker for my Mac. It connects via Bluetooth and I’ve never had a problem connecting a Bluetooth device. But this one? Shudder. It was awful. Then I realized that although I had read the instructions a dozen times, I hadn’t read them correctly. I wasn’t supposed to push that button and this one. I was supposed to push THIS button. Okay, then. Once I realized that it was human error, it worked fine.
Before that, it was my old, trusty earphones. All of a sudden, they didn’t work. I went to the web, got righteously indignant when I couldn’t find the problem, then looked in a forum that was basically, well, for people who didn’t read instructions. Ahem. Problem solved.
This kept up for the whole week. The mini-speaker was the last straw. I decided that I needed to step back whenever I had a problem with something, consider that it might be ME rather than the device and proceed accordingly.
It’s hard not to be Queen sometimes.
But it made me wonder how often we go off the deep end without really thinking about a problem. Take everything from television pundits to message boards. Maybe the issue isn’t the “problem” as much as it is the person trying to solve it – or complaining about it.
How about you? Do you have “human error” problems like I did?