I am the kind of fossil who turns off autocorrect; I can usually see my thumbos, but not the wrong words substituted for them.
But there’s also a fiendish anti-technology called predictive text, that guesses your intended word or even phrase from past thumbing patterns and initial letters and displays an array of word choices on a bar by your thumbboard to choose from with a press. It’s very easy to thumb the wrong word that way and not notice. May also contribute to what you are seeing.
I, stubborn old fossil that I am, have this “service” off to, mostly because I carry a small-format smartphone and can’t afford the screen real estate it takes up.
I think it's auto-correct/spell check. But even if auto-correct is to blame, it's not technology's fault entirely. My brother sends me text messages that are occasionally quite entertaining as auto correct commandeers the input and inserts ridiculous words in place of what he's trying to say. I say it's not technologies fault as my brother doesn't go back and proof read what he's typed to correct auto-correct.
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posted 11 months ago
I didn't know there were 'personal assistants'...how helpful
I can make a mess of a sentence all on my own just in trying to be clear on a thought...I don't think I could deal with 'auto correct' or misunderstood voice communication...it happens often enough just naturally and that would take it to a whole new level beyond my patience.
We do have an Alexa though...gifted to us, not sought after. I use 'her' for a kitchen timer and pandora radio while cooking.
Our grandson loves to ask her questions until she has a meltdown.....
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I don't dread autocorrect much, but live in constant fear of my own potential "oops" moments. I find myself typing, here and elsewhere, the words "duck" and "ducks" quite often. Turns out this is rather dangerous, on a small-screened phone at least, as on the keyboard the "i" is adjacent to the "u," and the "f" is adjacent to the "d." A finger tapped just a fraction of an inch too far one direction and the meaning is changed entirely, without spell-check having the slightest clue that anything is wrong.
I have a deep dislike of auto-correct, and get into a fit when I'm typing something, let's say in Friesian, and I notice what comes out is incomprehensible English...
Not much chance auto-correct is going to do me any favours when it doesn't have a clue what language I'm using in the first place, eh?
I guess multilingual people have no choice but to go into the settings of any app they're using and switch off any language 'help'.
And this is probably a reason why non-native users of English seem to have a more correct use of English than native users sometimes, as we need to be more aware of our language use.
The use and dependence upon technology is already showing the problems of such dependence, store clerks can not figure change, no young person can tell time by the hands on a clock, spell words correctly and on and on and on we go.
What will happen to the youth of today when this summer's sun spot activity hits an all time peak and the electromagnetic surges disrupt all signals? There will be a whole lot of lost people during those events.
Albert E. was very afraid of what state the human race would sink to when it became this dependent upon technology. It appears his fears were well founded.
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