Biggest lie in HISTORY: "I have read and agree to the terms of use" do you read?

terms - Do you read all?
India
June 13, 2010 1:33pm CST
Last Friday I signed 3 legal documents for some confidentially agreement in the office. There were 3 documents, 6 page, 9 page and the last one had 43 pages. Last page of the each documents says that “I have read and agree to the terms of use” Name and signature I did read first page of each document and signed without reading rest pages. There had been many occasions when I did not read all pages as there were many like 43 pages. I do believe that we should read all the pages of terms and conditions whether its online or offline but think that most of us ignore this most of the time for some reason. I believe that its biggest lie in the history and most of us are involved in this. Do you read all the pages before signing, even if it has 100 pages?
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
14 Jun 10
For most people that may be true, but for me its not. I always read the Terms and Conditions of anything even those online things. I would be more particular and meticulous when it comes to written documents where I have to sign my name and signature in person. I dont mind if it takes me a week to read the whole document. I dont even mind if its longer than all 7 Harry Potter books combined. Im just careful going into contracts or signing anything. Good thing though is that I love to read and with documents, whenever there's a phrase that I dont understand or a statement that is unclear then I would ask the people that are asking me to sign it. If there is someone else that I trust more then I would ask that person.^_^ So there's no problem on my end. It would be up to them if they can wait for me to read it all.
• India
15 Jun 10
Its goo dpractice to read all the teram and conditions. I must appreciate your patience reading all these terms, this is serious and important to read. Knowing that I will try to read next signing documents for sure. Happy to know that you love to read these terms, enjoy Thank you for sharing.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
You're welcome. Its just better to be safe than sorry later.^_^ Take care always!
• Mexico
13 Jun 10
Hi Ajay Singh Baghel: I agree with you it's one of the biggest lie in the History, specially referring to the online agreements. I have to admit that I haven't read what I've agreed simply because I want to download a software or a game and that's what matters to me. I only have two options if I don't agree I won't have the game and it really annoys you to have to read a lot of pages. Thanks for starting thisb interesting discussion. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
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14 Jun 10
hello! In order to download what I want faster ,sometimes I aimost ignore those pages. However in my opinion , these pages may sometimes protect the benefit of the company ,and thus ,it's the same with other papers to a great extent .So it's no need finish reading it ,do you agree that? have a nice day
@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
I read carefully the end and what is written with small letters. These paragraphs with small letters ...are most dangerous. Psychologically was demonstrated ,people get tired until page 100 and attention is shrinking
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• Mexico
13 Jun 10
Hi cip: I didn't know this information but I think it's obvious that if you're tired you won't understand what you are reading or you stop doing this hoping that everything is ok so you agree without being totally sure of what you've done. Thanks for your answer. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
• India
15 Jun 10
cip116 - I must congratulate you for this. May be I will not read even 10 pages before signing because its that I will have to agree to all those point. We should read whatever it is, may be I will not agree to some point. Thank you for sharing.
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
15 Jun 10
I believe its really hard to read 43 pages it will takes an hour or more. I often asking why they need therm of use that much are they try to deceive us by word that takes so many pages and no one will really read it. I believe if it related to my working contract with my company I will reads it before signing but If it not really important I will skip it.
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• India
16 Jun 10
Yes, I understand, its difficult read many pages and we just want to run after signing but we should read. I will read from next time .
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
14 Jun 10
I usually just skim through them. Maybe read the first sentence in a paragraph before I sign anything. I know I should read them the whole way thru but I don't always. Most people probably don't so companies could put whatever they want near the end and you would sign it.
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• India
16 Jun 10
We know but do not read . Thank you for sharing.
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
14 Jun 10
i am guilty of doing this as well... i don't read all the terms of use before actually signing the document because sometimes i am just too lazy to do that... especially if the terms of use document is very long... i just can't be bothered to waste my time to read it... take care and have a nice day...
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• India
15 Jun 10
better you start reading from next time, would be good for you . Thank you for sharing.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
If it is really really important and/or we are talking about really big money then I will read it no matter how may pages it is. I can also ask my lawyer to read it for me so when problem arises we can find a way to defend ourselves. But when its just a small fry or I won't get sued then I really don't bother reading it.
• India
15 Jun 10
Good habit, I appreciate that. Thank you for sharing.
@mturacom (634)
• India
14 Jun 10
ha ha, you pointed out interesting but true fact. I can also remember signing up on hundreds of sites without even considering the check box. It is just in habit that whenever I see those words I just check the box without even reading the full sentence. This habit of us has made some sites owners to turn it in their way. They now use the check box with subscriptions during signing up. And most of us just ignore them and unintentionally subscribe to crap mails. It is good if we can go through the terms of a site before joining. But the truth is that most of the sites just have copied terms and there are not many terms new and worth reading.
• India
16 Jun 10
We should consider this before signing, sometime it might be serious not read . Thank You for sharing.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
14 Jun 10
I have to agree with you. I don't either. And pray hard nothing bad happens instead.
• India
15 Jun 10
Hey, start reading from next time . Thank you for sharing.
• United States
14 Jun 10
I skim. Usually terms of service documents have headlines outlining what each section is about. Typically all terms of service documents all say basically the same things, so I just look for anomalies in the headlines and I glance over each paragraph to make sure I'm understanding everything right.
• India
15 Jun 10
Thats good if there are sections and we can read selective parts but if its too many pages with no divisions would be tough. Taking a look on most of the pages is good. Thank you for sharing.
• Japan
14 Jun 10
NO, lol :) If it has 100 pages I can't bother reading because most of the stuff has nothing to do with what your going to do with the product or thing. For example the "copyright" page...I have no interest in reselling products or whatever. So, probably reading all 100 pages isn't really necessary.
• India
15 Jun 10
yes, its boring but important to read, may be there are some terms that we do not want to get into. Thank you for sharing.
• Romania
14 Jun 10
I must tell you this: huge mistake. let me give you an example, what happened to me. three years ago I contracted an insurance company and I never had time to read those conditions. a few days ago, I found a better isurance company and I wanted to see what are the terms if I want to finish the contract with the previous one. guess what? I have to wait another 2 yers to get a part of my deposit money, even if I never use the insurance. so, what do you think about it, now? I still have to pay for 2 more years $100 per month and after a total of 5 years I will get like 60% of the entire sum. this is what happens if you do not read terms and conditions. I mean, over the internet, just to submit for a site it's ok to not read them as it is not very important, but for the important things as bank account, loans, insurance contracts and so on, you should have the time to read all them, as it is crucial.
• India
15 Jun 10
Thats bad, this is a perfect example of not reading terms and conditions. We should take care of this. I am sure now you must be reading all you need to sign. get the paper at home or buy some time before signing but read it. Thank You for sharing.
@megamatt (14329)
• United States
14 Jun 10
I make an attempt to read something like that. However, they tend to draw out these things to insane levels. Therefore, most people will not read past the first page. That is of course out of the small percentage of the people who read them. I wonder who writes those terms of use agreements out. That has to be one of the most unique jobs in the world. To write it something that only a fraction of people will try to read and only a smaller fraction of the people will attempt to read. I think past ten pages are insane to be honest with you for something like that. And even ten pages are pushing it. Going upwards as it gets more, the percentage of people are going to disappear as it goes more and more. If someone actually reads those entire monster documents, I praise them. Granted, you might be a bit crazy if you actually read something like that, but I still praise you. I make the attempt but when I get past to a certain number of pages, I find myself not really reading.
• India
15 Jun 10
Good that you try to read, i am sure if you try again next time it would be more pages. Yes after certain time, we read but do not understand because reading just for the sake of it so better not to read. I suggest that we should read all the pages to the possible extend. Thank You for sharing.
@breisa (165)
• New Zealand
14 Jun 10
Nope. I usually read the first word especially when I'm online.
• India
15 Jun 10
Just first word, amazing . Thank you for the response.
• India
14 Jun 10
haha. thats funny. nope i dont read the whole terms of use only the most important parts like rules etc etc. some times i just tick the terms of use box without even reading the first word!!! yes I agree with you. it is a big lie and almost all are involved. most people tend to ignore it because every terms of use has roughly the same rules like no scamming, doing the work properly and blah blah blah.
@calixto21 (103)
• Argentina
14 Jun 10
i think i prefer a science fiction book than the terms of use of some document or web site. ...
• India
15 Jun 10
Good one, there are many pages and we feel better to read something more important. Thank You for sharing.
• United States
14 Jun 10
heck no!!!! Although most companies know we are not reading the terms and conditions pages thats why they put so many!!! Cause they know if it take to long no one will read them and sign their life away anyways!
• India
15 Jun 10
They make their side safe, they do not want to be at receiving end of any issue in future and play safe. They just want agrremnet you read or not its not their problem. We should read . Thank You for sharing.
@rowantree (1190)
• United States
13 Jun 10
LOL! Yes, I agree, it is the biggest lie in history! We all do it! I can't tell you how many times I've ticked the box for "I have read and agree to the terms of use" without reading the terms of use...mumbling out loud "yes, yes, yes, now enter me in the contest or whatever". LOL!
• Bulgaria
14 Jun 10
Off course, that no one read ToS. It is normal. I can't spend 5-10 minutes for reading every rules I face with.
@zralte (4186)
• India
13 Jun 10
Nah, I never bothered to read all of it. I skimmed through them. Run my eye over it to see if anything jumps out. I think not many people bothered to read these types of legal documents. And the worst of it is, they are usually written in 'Legalese', not making much sense to simpletons like me.
• India
15 Jun 10
Thats bad, we should read, may be when everything is good nothing goes against us whatever the conditions are but in case of some issue, we will be trapped. Try to read next time . Thank you for sharing.
• United States
13 Jun 10
I usually skim through the pages. I suppose skimming doesn't help if I miss the important arrangement that may/may not hurt me later does it? I'd have to take the pages home, read them, and then come back to be prepared to sign them if they were handed to me in a building.
• India
15 Jun 10
Most of us skip those pages but that might lead us to trouble if something goes wrong. Thank you for sharing.