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Do You Read Instructions?

Reader Redux: On Reading Instructions

Whew! Turns out I'm not the only one who's guilty of not reading instructions when opening a new gadget. After I confessed I hate reading instructions, a few of you responded in kind. Here's what you had to say:

  • "I almost never read the instructions. I think part of the excitement is figuring out how something works, on my own. I must however admit that that approach has not always proven to me successful . . . I broke my Internet router this weekend and have an unused camera laying around . . . simply because I don't really know how they work. Kinda stupid, if you think about it." — marycherry
  • "I'm like that! I tend to skip the instructions and just dive in. My husband is the complete opposite. He will read everything!" — Zaianne

Find out more of what you had to say after the break.

  • "Generally, I don't read them. It's not that I won't, but most things I am doing or putting together are not that complicated. I installed a new printer this weekend. Only read the instructions as to when to set up the WiFi, as in before if you install the printer on the computers or after you set up the WiFi connection - which I pretty much knew the answer to anyway. It's really satisfying to put something together all by yourself and not needing the help." — kaykayelle
  • "I always read the instructions for every new gadget no matter how simple. It is part of my "unboxing ritual". I carefully open the packaging and look at everything that came in the box including the instructions before using the new gadget. I savor everything and it sort of makes that "I got a new gadget feeling" last longer." — Elfyn

What about you? Do you race to get started the second you get a new gadget, or do you prefer to do a thorough read of the instructions first?

Source: Flickr User mechanicjosh98

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