I have often laughed about the dumbing down of life in general....where surveys which once used words to gain your opinion now use smiley or frowny faces. But in an age where we spend so much time dealing with "faceless" people, the most dehumanizing moment of all is those stupid codes that make you "prove" you're a real person. You know, type in the squished up letters and/or numbers to prove you're not a robot about to send spam. I don't mind actually proving I have a pulse, but the manner in which these little gems are formed is becoming ridiculous at best.
First there were letters. A jumble of random letters which occasionally spelled out something funny. Then a number was added. Bored with this, the powers that be turned to letters, mixing capitals with lower case, with a number thrown in the mix. When the numbers started to slide together, as if melting or going on a rollercoaster ride, I started to get a bit annoyed. I shouldn't have to turn my head at an angle to figure out if that squiggle is a letter or a number just to prove I'm real. At that point I want to type in, "I'm real annoyed right now!"
Yesterday, I hit my limit. Yesterday, a site made me do math.
After completing some bit of paperwork I was asked to do the following to prove I was human.
What is One + 5
Makes you almost want to deal with real people just so they can see the expression on your face.
Have a good week. No secret password needed.