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Poll ranks top tech tick offs

For the most part, technology has helped make our life easier, more efficient and enjoyable (at least that is what it is designed to do) – but in many instance tech trends can tick us off too.

Here’s some polling revealing which tech issues irritate us most – and an expert interview resource to discuss the findings of what that means in this digital era.

Ads that follow you; loud public phone-calls; smartphones blaring music; and Phone Zombie pedestrians are voted top technology irritants.

Those topped a list of such digital aggravations in an online survey of 5,029 Americans and Britons conducted on behalf of Living MacTavish, a company that creates intriguing ways to bring attention to important topics via stimulating conversations and curated salons.

“We’ve entered the age of digital overwhelm and tech fatigue,” says Susan MacTavish Best, the founder of Living MacTavish, a business that connects people in the offline world by hosting salon-style gatherings of thought-leaders in San Francisco, New York and London. “We’re tiring of the constant distraction and intrusion of technology in our relationships and daily lives. Offline is the new online.”

Poll respondents were shown a list of 12 behaviors or experiences common to our modern digital age and asked to pick the ones that they personally found annoying. What are the top tick offs?

Two experiences polled equally on top in terms of each irking nearly two-thirds of respondents:

-Online ads for something you once clicked on, that then keep following you around (63%)

-People having loud and endless phone conversations in public places (63%)

-People playing music or videos on their phones at full volume on public places (59%)

-Phone Zombies­ – alias “distracted walkers” – bumping into you and/or each other on the pavement/sidewalk (55%)

-Having to compete for attention with people’s phones during meals and/ or other face-to-face conversations (53%)

-Endless requests to “rate” or give feedback on companies or services you’ve contacted (53%)

-Social media “mobs” acting as “the moral police” (i.e., in online discussions/debates about controversial issues) (48%)

-People constantly photographing their food/drinks in restaurants and bars (41%)

-‘Perfect selfies’ on Instagram or other social media, where the person is always ‘beautiful’/airbrushed/ smiling (38%)

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