Relatable Frustrations: 40 of Life’s Most Annoying Moments CapturedBy Jennifer
Most people are more distracted by the annoying little things in life than they’re willing to admit. As frustrating as small inconveniences are, they are inconsequential matters when compared to our greater goals and the many problems the world faces. But we can’t help it. We are still bothered by the mini injustices of daily existence that tease us and derail our focus and motivation.
From asymmetry in parking lots to recorded robotic responses on company phone lines, these things get to us more than they should. If you feel like all the little things have been hitting you particularly hard lately, know that you are not alone. We can all relate, and to prove it, we’ve collected 40 of the most annoying injustices that we all face in our daily lives. Hopefully, we’ll all feel a little calmer when we reach the end of the list!
When Surnames Matter
The logic behind this prompt is to prevent a data security breach, but we can’t choose the names our family members were given before we entered the world, so a different question should have been raised that has more flexible options. It doesn’t look like computers and robots are ready to replace humans in the workforce, at least not if their logic looks like this.
This demand is too rigid and discriminating, making it annoying, even if you know it’s for your protection. You could email the helpdesk to solve the issue, or you could just add a random letter to your dad’s middle name!
Triggered By Asymmetry
When visiting a gallery, people try to view the artist’s work from many angles and see how it touches them. Each viewer will interpret a work of art in their own way, depending on their vantage point, individual history, and creative experience.
However, asymmetry like this is bothersome to everyone. It’s enough to take away a viewer’s focus on the work itself as it is impossible to ignore the unevenness of the physical position in which these paintings are displayed.
Too Many Layers
Consumers are aware of the importance of product packaging. They understand that it is important to keep products safe from atmospheric exposure or physical damage. It is good to know that what you’ve purchased has been tightly sealed.
However, people get annoyed when coverings can’t be peeled off easily, splitting into another layer that requires more effort to tackle than it should. We temporarily forget the quality of the product when we’re bothered by this minor mess.
A Virtual World
Today’s teens are so preoccupied with their online presence that they’ll probably never understand what earlier generations enjoyed by focusing on the here and now. Instead, many of them are caught up in an electronic simulation of real life.
It’s unfortunate that kids nowadays miss out on so much by being perpetually distracted with their devices, transported elsewhere when they have the opportunity to actually bond with friends and family. When the power goes out, their counterfeit happiness vanishes along with it.
Buying things primarily for their economic value comes with many disadvantages, but this is stating the obvious. Plastic plates don’t break when they fall off the table edge, but they are disposable and deemed a major pollutant to the environment.
They’ll also easily tip over at the slightest shift in weight triggered by a heavier utensil. This could create a mess and cause your expensive electronic devices to short circuit when doused in the spilled liquid. In short, they’re not as convenient as you might think!
Certified electricians charge a high hourly rate, but when it comes to the wiring around your home, it’s more than worth it. That’s just the price you have to pay if you want quality work, and you always want quality work where electricity is involved.
Hiring an amateur is way cheaper, but you can expect to get substandard service in return. Don’t be surprised if you end up with flickering lights or a confusing set of switches, like the ones in the image above. Little errors like this may not be lethal, but they will bother you every day.
This usually happens when people don’t buy things as a set. For some reason, an integral part of a product is bought separately from someplace else, and the results are a mismatched nightmare. This washbasin still works, but the owner cannot be happy with how it functions.
In the same way, it’s hard to ignore a strange sound in your car or a rock in your shoe, this faucet would niggle at you every time you used it. Here’s a tip from the owner of this washbasin: always fork out for a good quality faucet!
It may be too much to expect everyone you meet on public transportation to be adequately trained in social etiquette, but a little sensitivity and politeness would do. These traits are the minimum required to be a functioning member of society.
Unfortunately, consideration and common sense are scarcer commodities than many of us realize. People are standing on this bus, yet this woman doesn’t care at all. She’s decided she wants to have the whole bench to herself, and she doesn’t care at all about her fellow passengers.
The Missing Piece
So much time and effort have been allocated to solving this jigsaw puzzle that is complex and large enough to comprise more than a few thousand tiles. Closing in on the challenge, the owner of this jigsaw puzzle knew that they were just a few pieces away from seeing the final image. Only then did they realize that there was one missing piece.
Nothing bothers a perfectionist more than another person’s inefficiency. Lack of attention to detail can result in all sorts of calamities. In this case, it left this person with two duplicate pieces and one missing piece. The worst part is, someone else has the piece they’re missing and needs the extra one they have!
Contrary to the Purpose
Listening skills are often taken for granted because most people think it comes naturally. It’s almost like reading, where those who simply glide through the texts occasionally fail to catch the point. Talking or writing to someone who does not put in the effort to understand or read between the lines can be irksome.
The outcome here is clearly contrary to the client’s intention. The instructions have been read without applying any thought. Instead, they engraved every word to the letter, creating a monument to their own lack of listening skills.
The rules of public transportation are often disregarded by the public. Some commuters on the train or the bus take control of their seat and the surrounding space as if it were their private dominion, excluding other passengers from using it.
In this case, personal baggage is taking the place of other paying commuters, and it’s been deliberately set up like a no trespassing sign on a gate. While it might not be too difficult to find another seat, the feeling of self-entitlement displayed by some people can be too annoying to ignore.
Fortified Cardboard Boxes
Excitement over a purchased product tends to make consumers impatient about opening the box. However, if you don’t pay attention to the instructions, you can end up in an annoying situation like this.
Stiff cardboard boxes are designed to keep the product inside secure, especially since they must undergo hours of travel to get to direct sellers. When consumers don’t open the box in just the right way, however, they can be left frustrated by the messy result.
If you’re the kind of person who takes good care of your favorite clothes, you probably know exactly which items go well together and which ones don’t match. If you have a favorite outfit, it would be devastating to find out just before putting it on that there are holes in it.
To avoid this, it’s important to control the washer speed and avoid overloading your washing machine. These holes may also be caused by insects, so it’s good advice to keep your closet clean and disinfected.
Lean Forward for a Better View
To get the best seat in an aircraft, one has to book the flight weeks ahead of schedule. Otherwise, you might get the middle seat and feel boxed in for the rest of the trip. What if you’re traveling a long distance. If your journey will last more than 10 hours, comfort is paramount.
Imagine if you took every precaution, booked yourself a window seat, and when you finally get there, the window is missing! It would feel like life was messing with you on purpose.
It’s not easy to control your temper when hungry. Senses become heightened, and the discomfort stimulated by the desire to eat pushes people to have the tendency to misunderstand or overreact to the slightest trials. So, it’s better not to mess around with a hangry person.
Judging by the sequence of these orders, somebody behind the counter is trying to test this hungry customer’s patience. Being skipped in favor of someone else sends the idea of low importance, and that would be enough to drive you mad even if you weren’t hungry!
No Cream for You
After a sumptuous dinner with the family on a special occasion, a cake almost always appears on the table. The children’s eyes follow the sweet’s landing trajectory carefully, which makes everyone smile. In turn, this makes the bearer of the cake feel appreciated.
Imagine if, upon uncovering the delicious treat, the frosting was nowhere to be seen. The cake would still be delicious, but with the artistic detail missing, a fraction of the excitement is also gone. As with all the other entries on this list, it’s not a total bust, but it is annoying.
The beauty of automated services lies in the fast-tracking of tedious procedures, so more focus can be given to other business priorities. Most people just glance at a bill without ever questioning a computerized calculation, trusting its supposedly flawless program.
You take the time to check the math just this one time and realize how wrong the calculations are. It makes you feel cheated, and looking back, you ask yourself how many times in the past have you settled your account without re-checking.
Slip of the Tongue
Dressed to impress, you want to look spiffy in front of your friends at parties or school dances. Without being too obvious, you know people are checking each other out, even perhaps trying to out-maneuver each other to get close to a particular person.
Looking down at your shoes, you notice the tongue had slipped to one side. It’s annoying when this happens and it makes you feel overly conscious of your feet. This is the last thing you want when you’re trying to have a good time. Why can’t the tongue just stay where it belongs?
It’s nice being able to check out product colors and sizes without having to ask for a salesperson each time. We all love being left to find our own way around the store, picking up what suits us best and not being hassled. However, sometimes we don’t make the best selections.
When you pick a cheap product, it often comes in cheap packaging. Though this may not seem like a big deal – you are going to throw it away after all – it does contribute to the mild annoyance shown in the picture above.
Poor Keyboard Tile Arrangement
Computers are relatively expensive, but those in the know can tell by looking at some of its aesthetic properties and design choices if a particular gadget is worth purchasing. A simple design flaw, even a plasticky feel to its casing, can be a major turn-off.
This particular laptop has its power button nestled close to an often used delete button. To say this is a poorly executed design would be an understatement. All it takes is a simple slip of the finger and you can kiss your unsaved work goodbye.
Pencil Eraser Smudge
Instead of having to carry a bunch of things to school or work, it’s a good idea to use items that can serve a double purpose to save some space in your bag. A pencil with an eraser on the end is a great example as it’s cheap and convenient to use.
The only problem is that some of them are abominable, adding smears to your work and leaving you with a bigger mess than the one you started with. Worse, you can end up damaging the paper if you try too hard to fix it. This may not be a life-changing problem but it can be thoroughly annoying.
Into the Sea of Sauce
This shouldn’t be a big deal, but it can be vexing to many people. All you wanted to do was put your fork down for a moment and now it’s slipped into the sauce on your plate. You’ll have to get your fingers wet to fish it out – what a mess!
It’s even worse when your spoon slips into your bowl of soup. Fishing it out and cleaning it up may not be the end of the world. Indeed, you’re lucky to have food on your plate. However, it is undeniably annoying.
Despite the misalignment of the floorboards, the deck itself is safe and fully functional. Yet somehow, the mere sight of improperly aligned flooring invokes a feeling strong enough to take away our enjoyment of the porch. There is a niggling in our heads, like an itch that needs to be scratched.
As a result of poor carpentry, a perfectionist may never learn to love this portion of the house. It will always stimulate a compulsion that would drive a person mad at the sight of these troubling stripes.
When an allergy is acting up, it can leave you feeling itchy, sniffly, and uncomfortable. There is some danger that it could cause difficulty breathing, and people have died from this, especially those with asthma. If you have the right medication to treat it, of course, you can skip all the agony.
The only problem is that some allergy pills come packaged in so many layers that it becomes a struggle to open the packet. It’s a battle, and the pill is not giving up without a fight. Perhaps this company should start making packages for pass-the-parcel instead of allergy medication.
Odd Working Hours
It’s difficult to analyze the pattern these office schedules are based on. How is this supposed to help clients and employees keep track of appointments or their work schedules? People are going to be too early or too late but rarely on time.
Imagine how hard this would be for people who are poor with numbers. Trying to make sense of all these random time combinations would cause nothing but confusion.
Removing a label from a product is so satisfying when it peels off easily. However, when sticker marks are left behind on the surface, it’s infuriating. A piece of cloth soaked with a little alcohol should help you remove the residue, but it’s still frustrating to have to do this extra step when some stickers peel off so easily.
Perhaps we end up giving this little problem too much thought. However, it seems reasonable that if some companies can use stickers that peel off without a problem, all companies should be able to follow suit!
This inverted baluster is no doubt a product of poor workmanship. Lacking a professional carpenter’s keen attention to detail, someone went through the motions just to get the task done. They had no desire for perfection or job satisfaction.
This can be fixed, but it must be done very soon. Otherwise, this minor problem will cause anxiety and mental discomfort to everyone who sees it. The banister will be a daily source of frustration, and who needs that in their lives?
A friend asks for a pill and takes one from the previously untouched side of the blister pack. Sullen upon realizing this, it’s hard to explain what harm had been done. It’s not like something was stolen.
The problem lies in a person’s compulsion for orderliness that can be so bothersome, even when unintentionally violated. To some people, a system must always be followed. There is this nagging desire to always keep things clean and organized, and there’s a method to this madness!
It’s not a life-changing mistake, but people become disappointed when they fail to break the toilet paper separation points right. The little uneven ridges seem to play tricks with the mind, like the claws of an invisible monster, pointing and bedeviling, provoking us to cut it off.
People try to get out of the restroom but fail to ignore the jagged toilet paper edges’ beckoning, telling us in its own sign language that it needs to be corrected and cut clean.
To use a tool designed to beat our common enemy (hard-shelled packages), you have to break into one that’s in just such a hard case. Putting it inside the package is ironic as it contradicts the tool’s purpose.
What people really hate about this is the poor planning behind its marketing. It’s of no real consequence really, but some people can’t tolerate silly ideas like this. Unfortunately, such ideas are everywhere nowadays, from television to highway billboards. It’s exhausting.
A Waste of Useful Space
Though we live in an advanced civilization, many people have become zombified. Parents are drained with work in corporate offices, trying to make enough money to pay for the ceaseless bills and send their kids to the best schools.
Kids are becoming more stressed than ever before too, with academics and our new virtual life. So, people now tend to act mindlessly, just going through their routine without much thought, like zombies, leaving near-empty bottles in the refrigerator like heads without brains.
Against the Grain
Nothing really happens to the cake if someone decides on a whim to go against the grain and ignore the pastry lines used to make equal slices. It’s still going to be the same cake. However, it’s hard to ignore the frustration that bubbles up when you look at this picture.
This is going to mess with the minds of all people who make symmetry and order a serious business. They’re afraid this might cause them bad luck, and feel the sky might fall unless this is corrected.
This isn’t a particularly complicated pattern to follow, which makes the blunder doubly unforgivable. Had this been a recreated version of a sophisticated painting or complex abstract art, flaws would have been natural, accepted, and even expected as part of the process.
The sight of these misaligned tiles will leave most people scratching their heads, scoffing at the artist’s apparent lack of care and precision. Would it have been that hard to plot it out and get it right?
Off with Her Head
This mutilated tile art image of a woman from the Victorian Era looks completely smashed-up, but it has a feel of being deliberately performed rather than a mere uneducated work by an amateur artist still crawling up the learning curve of a new craft.
Who can tell what the backstory of this half disfigured lady is? It’s somehow reflective of all the hardships women had to endure in that era. Perhaps we can give this one a pass.
This mismatch makes the product look like it must be low-quality. You don’t need to speak Spanish to know that 10 minutes and 12 minutos do not line up. Contradictions like this defeat the purpose of printing instructions in the first place.
Packaging is supposed to make what you sell look interesting, so seeing customers taking pictures of your product and sharing them on social media should be a good thing. However, if this is the reason they’re taking pictures, you have a problem.
What Went Wrong in 2014?
Boilers are quite expensive but much more energy-efficient when compared with a furnace. To keep it that way, the boiler must be well-maintained. By getting yearly maintenance, you can help your boiler outlast its average lifespan of 15 years.
This is supposed to be a routine checkup performed by company specialists, but the placement of the 2014 sticker suggests the boiler may have been checked by subpar technicians that year.
Is This a Joke?
Many families bond by going grocery shopping together, and supermarkets have responded in many ways to make the experience more enjoyable and enticing. Family-oriented shopping trips can be almost as fun as a trip to the park.
Is this a joke to make the kids laugh? Perhaps it’s an opportunity for parents to discuss the difference between onions and potatoes. The most likely answer is that it’s the result of inattentiveness.
That’s Not How You Carry Pizza
This teenager was told to pick up pizza for dinner, so she tucked it under her arm like a book. Thoughtlessly, she returned home to her expectant family who must have been sweetly imagining the food they were about to enjoy.
We don’t want to know what that pizza looked like when the girl finally got it home. We’re envisioning a stack of disparate ingredients piled in one corner with no presentation, looking more like mush than an appetizing meal.
The level of training needed to be in customer service is particularly high if one intends to stay in employment. Every day at work is going to be challenging in ways that vary constantly. After all, no two customers are exactly alike.
Clients aren’t always going to behave the way you’d expect. Some are not willing to listen to any explanation, no matter how valid. The picture above is the perfect example. All customer service representatives have encountered at least one confused and angry customer like this.
The Worst Timing
People nowadays aren’t as easily excited by technology as they were a decade or more ago. Our parents and grandparents used to marvel at fantastical James Bond spy devices, like watches that doubled as phones. Nowadays, we all have easy access to many such incredible things.
We are easily disappointed, even by minor glitches in our smartphones, forgetting how we never had such technology even just a couple of decades ago. We now expect a lot from technology, demanding the kind of precision we ourselves are not capable of delivering.