Have you noticed that everything comes with instructions, these days?
Some people never even bother to read, much less follow, them while others read every single word, and carefully follow each step.
Personally, I’ve always been a follower…that ‘better safe than sorry’ type person. But, a resent purchase set me to thinking – wondering, actually.
After reading the instructions on that package, I found myself wondering if all these instructions are really necessary. Or, has our society, as a whole, reached the point where they need to be told these things.
Maybe it’s just me. You help me decide.
Take that resent purchase I mentioned – arch supports. One would think common sense would tell a person where, and how, to use them. However, when I opened the package, there, printed in bold inside the package front I found, “Instructions for use”.
Steps were carefully outlined: First, “Place left arch support inside left shoe, with logo down.” Similar instructions followed, in step two, for the right foot.
My thoughts were:
- Hopefully the purchaser knew the things went in their shoes before they bought them.
- Why would anyone place the left support in the right shoe, meaning the arch support would be on the outside of their foot?
- Why would they place it in the shoe with the logo up? Big hump! And, again, arch support on the outside of the foot. Just my opinion, but I’d think it would be pretty uncomfortable walking, if they could manage to get their feet into the shoes.
Then, we have shampoo/conditioner… “Place an adequate amount on the hair.” Sure, who could figure that out without instructions?
What about spray bottles? They’re really confusing, so we need instructions to tell us to, “Turn the nozzle to the On position”.
One of my all-time favorites, and one I will always remember, came from a bottle of bubble bath back in the 60s. (Yeah, they’ve been at this a long time.) It said, “Put the stopper in the tub.”
While there’s little doubt that failing to put the stopper in the tub would have resulted in a very disappointing bubble bath, anyone who didn’t know to do that without printed instructions probably shouldn’t have been allowed in the bathroom by themselves…