So at long last we have upgraded our home phone system to a multiple-handset cordless thingie (5.8 gigahertz so it doesn’t interfere with the Wifi), and so far I’m generally pleased. Except for one annoyance.
But let me start at the beginning. I’m left-handed, so the button arrangement on my Motorola cell phone has always been a problem: the green “on” button that you have to hit to answer a call is on the right side of the phone, where a right-handed person’s thumb naturally falls; but my thumb just wants to push the red “hangup” button instead. I had to train myself when I first started using this phone to override my natural tendency — or, really, the interface design’s nudge — to hit that button and hang up on the call I was trying to answer.
Ah well — I got over it. Only now, I’m dealing with the nifty cell-phone-like handset of my new cordless phone, and, what do you know, it places its “hangup” button over on the right side of the handset — at the very spot I have forcibly trained my uncooperative left-handed thumb to hit to pick up the phone. (The “pick up the call” button is in the middle of the phone.)
All my life as a left-hander I’ve been willing to adapt. But we sinister types deserve a little consistency from the world!
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