Day 18, part 3: I quit

Yes, you read correctly, I quit. I will not make the 30 days.
The reasons are different from the first time I did this experiment. Back then, there were actual show stoppers of things I needed to be able to do, like entering accented and umlaut characters, using some apps like the German railway company app to book tickets, etc. The reasons were many.
This time, there is really only one deal breaker, which I will come to at the end. But even without that, there are just so many things that get in the way of productivity instead of supporting me be productive, that the point at which the sum of these becomes a chore, has been reached. In German, we have a word called Leidensdruck for this kind of condition. The clinical translation to English, according to, is “psychological strain”. But I think this doesn’t entirely cover it in this case. Leidensdruck describes a condition where several items add to strain, or if you ask Google translate, suffering, to a point where it becomes unbearable, and one finds an exit strategy.
Let me reiterate some of the things that actually made me finally give up. First and foremost – and I believe this became apparent in my audio and writing –, it is the scrolling. This gets in the way so often and the annoyance with it has built up to a point that lead to the rant you probably listened to.
Another point is editing. The inconsistencies like the non-turning off selection mode and other quirks just make this a really not pleasant experience. The randomly rearranging menus also don’t add up to a pleasurable experience and get in the way, because I have to concentrate on the technology rather than the actual stuff I want to get done.
Other things, too, add to this. The fact that one can silence TalkBack by setting the device to silent mode without a fool-proof recovery is scary, the bells and whistles are also more distracting than they are useful.
Despite some things that I really like, like the Do Not Disturb enhancements, the choice of browsers and some other apps that I covered in this series, the way the technology gets in the way of my productivity is just too much for me to take. Even after I posted my second post today, the one about navigation solutions, the suggestions I got were symptomatic of that. A little app for this, one other for that piece of the task, oh and the third works great if you turn off the camera bit, etc., Instead of walking leisurely, I would be spending my time standing and switching apps back and forth to get at all the information I need. Sorry, but no! Or maybe I’m just too old for that, I dunno. But anyway: no!
But the real deal breaker hit me earlier when I was on said walk. I was purchasing the DotWalker Pro app to try out its enhanced features and had to enter my password. This was the first time where I had to enter it in a public environment. In this case, it was a quiet street, but even then someone could be near me, trying to glance over my shoulder. And this was when I realized that TalkBack does not have a screen curtain. On iOS, I have this enabled always. If prying eyes want to look on my screen, all they see is blackness. On Android, everything lays plainly before them. And no, turning down the brightness to a minimum does not completely hide the screen from those prying eyes.
One could argue that by using Android, I’d be sharing all kinds of data with Google and any government entity that wants to look at the data anyway. But despite the despicable things the NSA, GCHQ and other agencies are doing to our civil rights and privacy, I am even more worried about someone malicious trying to snatch away my phone and spend my money just because they were successful in reading my password from my fingers working the screen. And even if I think I am holding the phone in a way others can’t see it, there is no guarantee this is the case. I had my debit card stolen from me once because the thief was able to look up the PIN I had just entered into an ATM, in a way I thought had been safe. Once burned, twice shy!
I thank you all for sticking with me for as long as you have, and commenters like Anouk who had great feedback and suggestions to quite a number of my posts! Also, thanks to all the feedback I got through other channels, too! This was once again an interesting experience, but I will stick to iOS as my primary mobile OS for the foreseeable future. I will continue to work as hard on Firefox for Android accessibility as I have in the past, not because my employer expects me to, but because I am convinced that this is the best and most accessible browser on Android, and I want it to stay that way.
But for my personal use, this experiment once again concludes with a thumbs down, but for different reasons.
So long, and thanks for the fish!

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