On occasion, well probably a lot more than that but I'm not willing to admit it, I have what I call 'Old Man Rants'. These are rants where I complain about what the kids are doing these days, the fact that movies aren't as good as they used to be, music doesn't have the same meaning as it did 20 years ago and so on.

Here are a few tech faux pas that drive me nuts and that I wish would change:

1. Saying W W W before the website you're sharing with someone. If it ends with .CA, .COM, .TV, DOT ANYTHING!!!! People these days should know you are talking about a website - if they don't, I'm pretty sure they won't be visiting your WWW DOT WEBSITE DOT COM.

2. Mobile devices that are glued to people's hands or ears. Put it away. Some of the worst situations I've seen are when people go to the coffee shop or bank and won't stop talking on their phone. Smart phones have the ability to make people dumber. Engage with society.

3. Voicemail messages. If you leave a personal voicemail message and then have your generic follow up voicemail message, leaving people with more options on what they can do, what was the point of your message? Get rid of the provided one and leave your beautiful voice on the message for people to hear.

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4. People with tablets that attend kids concerts or events, hold the tablet in the air and record/take pictures of the event are absolutely annoying. We all know that your shaky, bad audio video will be unhappily watched by all your relatives and in the mean time you will annoy every person sitting behind you at the concert. Also, why is it that people record their kids stuff with their tablets are always able to sit in the front rows?!

5. Social media and smartphones seem to give people a channel to ask stupid questions. We have this incredible resource called 'The Internet' that you can access through incredible search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. You can literally ask any question you want on a search engine (chances are of the BILLIONS of people on this planet, someone else has already asked the same question) and you will find an answer, part of it or get pointed in the right direction. You can even ask the dumbest questions on there and not get made fun of like you would on Facebook or Twitter. 

What technology based old man rants do you have?!
I can't be the only one that has any.

Cheers,
Matthew A. Hawkins

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