Out life is filled with login screens. Average user will usually go through a log-in procedure several times each day.
You have one login to unlock your machine, one for your IM, one for webmail, one for myspace, one for facebook, one for twitter and etc. With so many different services that you log into daily, one would expect people to know how to use standard login form.
But they don’t! I noticed that most people I work with follow a very intricate, almost ritualistic pattern here. This is how to log in like a total luser:
- As a rule, when you mistype the first letter of your user name (ie. “ksmith” instead of “jmith”), you need to delete the whole word by pressing backspace repeatedly and then start over.
- After you finish typing you need to wiggle your mouse to find the cursor again. This is a crucial step.
- Click on the password field with your mouse. Who needs to use Tab, when you can take off your hands from the keyboard and play with the mouse.
- When you type in your password you need to spell it our in an audible manner so that you don’t make a mistake.
- Wiggle your mouse again.
- Find and click the submit button. Remember to press down, and hold the button for 3-4 seconds as you once more make sure that your user name is correct. Remember to ignore the fact that 99.9999% of forms (both web based and not) can be submitted by simply pressing return.
If this is how you usually log in, you need to kill yourself. I will never understand why people insist on turning a 3 second “finger memory” routine, into an excruciating minute long ordeal. I always tell people that they should just use Tab and Return to fill out login forms, but most of them just ignores my advice. When this happens, I usually walk away few steps and take few deep breaths and try to think happy thoughts.
[tags]login, logging in, login form, log in, humor[/tags]