REDMOND, WA- We have all experienced the frustration of trying to quickly type a message on our phone only to have AutoCorrect incorrectly change our words. Well, a new study now suggests there is real impact from these mistakes, costing as many as 32,000 relationships each year.
The study was conducted by the well-funded Center for Technology Centricity, and led by a team consisting of technologists, psychologists, and academics. “We weren’t entirely sure what we were going to find,” says one of the lead researchers. “We’ve all seen the images of ridiculous AutoCorrect messages online and had an early set of hypotheses about the implications. However, what we found was much bigger than we ever imagined.”
What they found is that AutoCorrect’s seemingly innocuous changing of a few letters and words actually had profound impact on the meaning of specific messages. In early relationships – where each interaction is amplified in importance as a natural part of the courting process – these mishaps had disproportionate impact.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. “People are actually relying more on AutoCorrect than ever before,” said another researcher involved in the study. “In fact, we can imagine a world where people no longer even need to know how to correctly spell words. Just consider the impact this will have on relationships around the world. I hate to be fatalistic, but this could eventually lead to the end of civilization as we know it.”