I have often used the words "Technology hates me!" to describe my problems with technology. However, I am beginning to think that it is much deeper than that and I was hoping to post my story here to get feedback from others who may share similar experiences.
When I have moments of extreme emotion such as frustration, anger, rage or just simply being stressed out, most technology around me just fails and does random bizarre stuff that is almost unexplainable. Here are a few cases to point out what I am talking about.
Case 1: On a particularly stressful morning with university assignments, I was trying to read something on my iPhone and the print was too small. My partner said "Zoom in!" and demonstrated on his iPhone how you make the finger motion to zoom in on the screen. I tried this at least a half dozen times and it was like my phone was just frozen; it wouldn't do anything at all. I handed the phone to my partner and he demonstrated how easy this was for him to do; however, as soon as the phone was in my hands it completely froze and wouldn't do anything. I handed it back to my partner and it worked fine, but again when he handed it to me it froze solid!
Case 2: I was in the university library trying to do some research and was rather frustrated and annoyed that I couldn't find what it was that I wanted. I asked the librarian for assistance and she helped me find a few resources on the library card catalogue computer. I was trying to ask her where the books were located, and every time I pointed (didn't even touch, just pointed) at the screen it turned blue and got all fuzzy and started making white noise. When I would pull my hand back, it would return to normal; as soon as I would point again it would turn blue and go fuzzy and start making white noise.
Case 3: I was extremely frustrated and annoyed grocery shopping one afternoon. It was one of those days where everything I touched turned to pots; everything I picked up, I dropped or spilled. I went to go to the self-checkout to pay for my groceries. The first self-checkout I attempted to use scanned my first item and where it was supposed to make a simple "beep" began making a long drawn out "beep" and then the screen went completely black. The lady came over and directed me to another self-checkout register. This time, all I did was press start and the machine gave me an error message that no one at the store had ever seen before. So I went to the third self-checkout and this time when I scanned my loaf of bread it made a series of beeps in rapid succession and when I looked at the screen I noticed it was entering my loaf of bread multiple times (I scanned one loaf of bread and I counted 7 on the screen). The lady came and voided the extras off and stood by me as I scanned the next item (a bag of sugar) and again it made a series of beeps in rapid succession and then put several bags of sugar on the bill. Ultimately, I gave up and asked if I could go to the service counter to check out!
These are just a few of the many occurrences that have happened to me with technology. Everything from phones to televisions to computers and microwaves in the kitchen have failed on me during times of extreme emotion or stress. Call it coincidence if you like, but I just paid for a new hard drive in my partner's computer because we were in a rather heated argument while he was playing a computer game; all I did was made a hand gesture toward him and the computer during our argument and literally in that moment his computer just completely went black and started putting all these weird symbols on the screen and would not start again.
Does anyone else have problems with technology like this? If so, how do you handle it?