That reminds me of the time I was writing the software to control the
air conditioner (both in the wall thermostats and on the web), and my
wife yelled at me because she couldn't figure out how to make the house
New general rule: if your wife can't figure out how to use it, you've
There is an expectation thing, too. My wife was sitting in the cold
because she said she didn't know how to turn up the smart thermostat.
"Here, twist this thingy (grabs big ring on thermostat) and this
needle thing points to the temperature and these numbers...". She
expected it to be hard but it was just like any other.
but I did see a young woman walk right into a convenience store door
once, because she thought it would open automatically.
She was Asian, though, looked like not a native so I don't really blame
her. I blame America for being less technologically sophisticated than
Conversely, years ago I saw a middle-aged lady walk backwards out onto
the pavement (=sidewalk) because her hands were full and she expected to
have to open the shop door with her back (but didn't!)...
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