XII XIII MMXVI : I don't like reading instructions.. how about you?

United States
December 14, 2016 1:57am CST
I really didn't do much today. The only outdoors activities I did was go to the mall real quick to pick up a ship to store online order and went grocery shopping at Whole Foods. I was home majority of the day but I didn't myLot as much because I was busy doing other things around the house. One being this Christmas gift I purchased for my dad that arrived today - it's the Philips Hue starter kit with 2 bulbs where you can control the lights with your smart phone. I was able to hook it up without reading the instructions so, yay! I'm not a fan of reading instructions BUT... I need to research later about the 'dim' feature of the light bulb. The remote on the app shows that you can control the 'dimness' of the light but it doesn't work, so I think the lamp has to be able to dim first right? As the lamp we currently have does not dim. I hate reading the instructions..Do you like to read instructions? I will if I ultimately cannot figure it out myself. PS - I still have a lot of notifications to catch up on, I will continue tomorrow.
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@LadyDuck (147094)
• Switzerland
14 Dec 16
No, I am very bad on this side. I always open the package, start to assemble the thing and try to use it without reading the instructions. Anyway I would never buy a light that needs a phone app to be used. I have the same thing with a wireless remote from years in the house.
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• United States
15 Dec 16
You aren't alone Anna. You could turn on the light without using the app too but when you're away 'supposedly' you can turn the light on or schedule it to be on. I haven't tried yet to see if the timer works or if I can control the light from when I am not home. By the way, cute icon - I like how it's festive now!
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@LadyDuck (147094)
• Switzerland
15 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby I can set the light to turn on when I am not at home. I am glad you like my festive avatar, thanks.
• United States
15 Dec 16
@LadyDuck That's cool! What do you use for your light to turn on? (Product)
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• Philippines
14 Dec 16
Well, it's better to read them rather than regret it later.
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• United States
14 Dec 16
Yes, but I hate reading the instructions
@Bluedoll (17075)
• Canada
14 Dec 16
Those lights do turn off and on remotely with wifi and dim. Maybe its something in the app. I'm not sure. I don't like instructions much either unless there is a problem.
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@Bluedoll (17075)
• Canada
15 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby The bulb I have that looks like the one you showed does both and doesn't need any special lamp just put into a socket like any other bulb and it works off the wifi in my house.
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• United States
15 Dec 16
@Bluedoll Oh cool! It worked when I put the lamp in but the dimming didnt work! I will have to look into it. Maybe I need both light bulbs in? No idea thank you! I haven't had time to look into it yet :)
@Bluedoll (17075)
• Canada
15 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby Philip should know. I think one should work on its own. It's kind of cool to dim and turn off and on. Think of the power. lol
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• United States
14 Dec 16
Instructions are for quitters! haha, no I try not to read the instructions either.
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• United States
15 Dec 16
Haha yay team no instructions!
• United States
15 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby You know I think I read somewhere that they are trying to claim those bulbs cause depression and headaches?
• United States
15 Dec 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum Oh wow I did not know that. I know Philips sold Light Therapy Lamps to Improve Mood & Sleep though?
@moffittjc (41199)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Dec 16
I'd be lost without an instruction manual! I'm one of those guys who can't figure anything out without reading the instructions first! My brother on the other hand, that guy can assemble, disassemble, reassemble, build, renovate or create anything without ever even looking at one sentence of the instruction book. He just looks at something and intuitively knows how to put it together. I wish I was that way!
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• United States
15 Dec 16
I am horrible with building. My boyfriend always reads the instructions but he's quick on it though. If he doesn't read it and gets it wrong I will be a hypocrite and laugh, Not like I could do any better though
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@moffittjc (41199)
• Gainesville, Florida
16 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby I take forever to build things, because I spend so much time reading the instructions to make sure I get it right. And sometimes I read the instructions over and over several times to make sure I understand everything before I even start to build.
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• United States
16 Dec 16
@moffittjc Do you end up building it right if you read the instructions over and over? :)
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@deadreak (604)
• Dagupan City, Philippines
14 Dec 16
Yes i love to read instructions, that's the first i do in every new job to do.
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• United States
15 Dec 16
If its a job requirement and I'm being paid on the clock - I'd surely take my time reading
@deadreak (604)
• Dagupan City, Philippines
15 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby how about when assembling something?
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• United States
15 Dec 16
@deadreak I hardly assemble stuff ~ I leave that to my boyfriend or dad =)
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@teamfreak16 (40503)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 Dec 16
What are these instructions of which you speak?
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• United States
14 Dec 16
The manual on how to set it up. :) I don't like reading them..
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@teamfreak16 (40503)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby - My girlfriend always gets on me because I never read them.
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• United States
14 Dec 16
@teamfreak16 Hehe I don't like to read them, my boyfriend does though :P Because for instances if he builds something wrong.. I'd go see! Hahah But yet I don't read it.
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@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
14 Dec 16
Instructions can often be more confusing than helpful, so they are a last resort for me as well. It took me a few seconds to realise that you had put the date in the heading because here in England we use Day/Month/Year.
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• United States
15 Dec 16
Yes instructions can be more confusing then it should be at times OR too long than it should be. Oh yes, in the States we put month, day, year :)
• United States
15 Dec 16
OH and not in roman numerals either ~ I just thought it'd be fun =)
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@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
15 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby he Roman numerals did not distract me because I find them easy to read.
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@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Dec 16
I thought that just men were this way. Finding out women are too has given me quite a blow.
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• United States
15 Dec 16
Lol I am not a fan of instructions. My boyfriend follow them though because if he does it wrong, I'll be a hypocrite and go ha!
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@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby .....Most people aren't. Me included. I hate it when you try to find something or get help on your PC online and you get a long list of articles and such to read. I just call them and have them do it for me.
• United States
17 Dec 16
@celticeagle I do use the chat feature if available =)
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@sayitnow (434)
14 Dec 16
If the instructions are well write then you are good.
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• United States
14 Dec 16
Yes but I don't like to read it first
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@sayitnow (434)
14 Dec 16
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• United States
14 Dec 16
@sayitnow I just like to figure things out on my own before needing guidance. And usually the instructions are way longer than it should be for something simple.
@Madshadi (8953)
• Brussels, Belgium
14 Dec 16
I let my wife handle them. She is very precise and focused when reading them. While I tend to skip and look at pictures more.
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• United States
15 Dec 16
@Madshadi Vice versa for me! My boyfriend follows the instructions where I don't, or if I need to (I'll ask him to do so!)
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@Madshadi (8953)
• Brussels, Belgium
15 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby its good that at least one of the partners is good at reading them lol
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• United States
15 Dec 16
@Madshadi Haha to balance each other out!
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• United States
14 Dec 16
I hope I never get to the point I need an app to turn my lights off, since I don't use a cell phone I'd be in big trouble. When all else fails, then read instructions.
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• United States
15 Dec 16
My dad is on this venture of learning technology BUT, asking me to do the fun part Researching, buying, installing, explaining to him.. He ideally wants it because he can supposedly control the lights to turn off/on at a certain time or if he's on his way home before entering the house he can have the lights well lit, etc. But I don't know if it works yet - I haven't tried. I just downloaded the app and got the lights to work as a remote so far. I will explore more features later. Same with me - when all fails ~ I'll read the instructions.
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• United States
15 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby I have timers that do the same thing, very easy to use LOL.
• United States
15 Dec 16
@AbbyGreenhill Oh cool! What is the brand??
@DianneN (74249)
• United States
14 Dec 16
No, I strongly dislike reading instructions. That's what my husband is for. Lol! I have so many notifications that I should quit myLot! ! Will keep working on them as time permits.
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• United States
15 Dec 16
Hahah my boyfriend reads the instructions because if he doesn't and builds something wrong or installs it wrong ~ I'd be a hypocrite and go HA! But if I do it wrong... It's OKAY, haha. Yes, I have a lot of notifications to catch on too! I've been procrastinating
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@DianneN (74249)
• United States
16 Dec 16
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@nomus24g (21413)
• India
14 Dec 16
But then, somebody has to read it, to make others understand n simplify things
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• United States
15 Dec 16
Can you read it for me? :)
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@nomus24g (21413)
• India
15 Dec 16
@infatuatedbby not everything in life can be outsourced, my friend :)
@magallon (17748)
• Philippines
14 Dec 16
Instructions are important..But sometimes I don't read it too.. Especially if the letters are very small and gives me so much difficulty in reading it..
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• United States
14 Dec 16
They're usually too long and not even that hard to figure out without reading it. But I have to figure out the dim situation. The light bulb has a dim feature but since the lamp doesn't dim (or have the option to) will the dim feature work? I'll read it later.
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@magallon (17748)
• Philippines
15 Dec 16
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@kevinakash (1948)
• Sri Lanka
16 Dec 16
i used to neglect those. but more often now i try to read them carefully
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• United States
17 Dec 16
I got the lights to work without reading the instructions yay! :) I had to hook both bulbs in & restarted the hub =)
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• United States
15 Dec 16
I just go and read the instructions so in order of it going wrong, I only have myself to blame for the failure in misinterpretations
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• United States
15 Dec 16
That makes sense then. I have no one to blame but myself too, but I will just blame the instructions!
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@Lucky15 (33429)
• Philippines
14 Dec 16
well, yeah, haha. don't wanna mess up things, lol
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• United States
15 Dec 16
Hehe
@just4him (109858)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Dec 16
I read instructions. I'm not smart enough not to.
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• United States
15 Dec 16
Hehe.
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@hostessman (8867)
• Tucson, Arizona
14 Dec 16
is instructions even a real word,, i don't think so
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• United States
15 Dec 16
Hahah ! Good one.