Drop Dead, Dropdowns.

Posted September 24, 2010 by jimhigley

I feel like I’ve been filling out a bunch of online forms lately. And, I’m not talking forms to accept a credit card for payment. I’m talking forms that walk you through a whole list of fields to fill out with personal data.

Name, address, social, sex, marital, date of birth, education, and the list goes on and on.

And, I’ve noticed something that really bothers me. It’s not the questions they ask you. It’s – sometimes – the manner in which you have to give your answer. Nothing miffs me more than when entering my year of birth and I get a dropdown of every, single, bloody year from the present back to the 1800s. I want to just type in four digits.

1. 9. 6. 0.

And I want to be done with it . But, instead I get this long ticker tape of a dropdown that seems to subliminally reinforce the fact that I’m old because I have to scroll down multiple times to even find the decade I was born in. This really bothers me. Dropdown pet peeve numero uno.

I’m sure there is a reason for this. I’m sure it is a feature to prevent people from typing in “” or something like that. I get it. But, I mean, come on, how would you like to be one of the gazillions of 90-year-olds or even 100-year-olds using these dropdowns? I bet it doesn’t make them feel pretty chipper seeing their year of birth about to simply drop off the old dropdown?

My uncle is one of the most active computer users I know. He’s 92. I’ll have to ask him how this all makes him feel.

It makes me feel old.

  • Eric

    It makes me feel old when I realize that people born in 1990 are twenty years old… They were three when I graduated.. It's been THAT long..