The internet is always growing; changing. We went from dial-up modems to cable broadband to leeching wifi off the local pie restaurant next door to the bar we're at. (Hey, it's their fault for making their password so easy to guess.)
But the way the internet has trapped its poor, unsuspecting users has evolved too. We used to get stuck in cascades of pop-up ads, or get involved with Nigerian princes who only have access to email and need 3000 dollars to collect their incredible inheritance and then they'll mail you back 6000 dollars and a personal invite to their coronation.
Nowadays, we know to use ad-blocking software and to ignore all emails from princes we don't know personally, but there are still terrible designers trying to trap us. Down below you'll find some of the most infuriating examples of bad design intended to trap us, the unsuspecting internet surfer.
How is anyone supposed to be lovin' that?
via: RedditWow. McDonald's now blocks out the entire menu to show an ad every minute or so. Great design. Makes it real easy to order. - @gusbuckets
They look pretty close to me...
via: RedditThis bench that looks like it was ripped from the ground. - FabulousN
For anyone who needs more ads in their lives.
via: RedditUnremovable ads on my $2,500 Samsung Smart TV. - BrownLandlord
Guess I'll just hold it.
via: RedditI can’t even take a piss without being bombarded with ads. - ChevroletAndIceCream
Looks to be on the up-and-up.
via: RedditThe y-axis has 0 on the top, so the graph looks like gun deaths went down instead of up. - Meloetta
What exactly is a "daily fee" to you?
via: RedditWhen the daily fee exceeds the advertised rate. - jakezebear
I get mad just looking at it.Obito_GF
What a waste of space.
via: RedditThis company makes wireless earbuds box look like it contains two earpods, when it really only contains one. - YeeOfficer
Have we been getting taken for a ride by donuts this entire time too?
via: RedditWhy even put the hole there? It feels more difficult than just adding in the ice cream.
Might be worth it?
via: RedditSure, because it definitely takes a little cash to goose the process of sending an e-mail faster.
Even Loki, the Trickster God, is impressed.
via: RedditNordVPN's offer has a timer on it that starts at 9:39:32 every time you delete the cookies - they're just tricking you into thinking it's time-limited although they've had this "offer" for months. - douira
via: RedditMobile ads when you touch 0.0001 cm away from the center of the x button. - JopsieDopsie
Important reminder: fan-art is not an official image of a new Batman.
via: RedditThis is the way my Google feed changes the title of the news article. - WeVibingWeVibing
At least they're multi-colored squares?
via: Reddit1001 stickers and 768 of them are useless f*cking squares. Thanks Disney. - Mishi_Moshi
What if this is just my phone screen now?
via: RedditThis ad borders the entire screen. - Starbeth8
Throw it out the window.
via: RedditMy printer just did a firmware update and no longer recognizes my third-party ink. - sumofty
Not many people predicted apps would lead to more wasted paper.
via: RedditBus company doubles size of physical tickets to promote mobile app. - The_BlackViper
Thank god! More ads! I didn't know what to buy!
via: RedditNBA 2k19 is a 60 dollar retail game. They put non-skippable ads in from another company. - Bulletz4Brkfzt
Even Loki, the Trickster God, is pissed off.
via: RedditFood delivery app tells me my next meal is free. - NonVegAnimalLover
To be fair, we're all going wireless soon anyways.
via: RedditThis design pisses me off every single day. - tazzzzzzzz0
Frank, their email guy, is on vacation until... well... he's on vacation most of the time.
via: RedditIt takes us one minute to fill your mailbox but 10 days to stop sending those emails. - M_Nagy
"Eh, they'll probably be sick of the candle by then."
via: RedditThe bottom 20 percent of the candle has no wick. - TylerEbby
My cactus-loving niece was so disappointed in her Christmas present.
via: RedditWhat they are advertising vs. What they send. They say deep in the description that it's a DIY project. - HaHumus
Someone get these folks a dictionary.
via: RedditLabeling wipes that are toxic for aquatic life and non-degradable as "flushable." - Joe__Soap
Not sure how I'm supposed to review this with my lawyer.
via: RedditBy opening the envelope for the license agreement, you agree to it. - PandaKing185
Facebook pretty much seems like they're on the up-and-up.
via: RedditFacebook, I'm beyond words. - Pinoy_Bro
So that's why I'm so unfulfilled after eating a chocolate bar! I thought it was just because I was eating to fill an emotional void! Whew!
via: RedditShrink-flation used by Cadbury to literally cut corners. The bottom chocolate bar is more than 8 percent smaller. - Flying_Dutchmen_13
They didn't need to sleep anyway.
via: RedditLED billboard positioned directly in front of an apartment building. - Dora_De_Destroya
Now you're going to be looking at that notch for the duration of you contract.
via: RedditApple using different wallpapers and trying to make us believe the Pro and the Pro Max has no "notch" compared to the base model. - lucadigennaro
But I wanted to protect the environment...
via: RedditThis “solar" calculator just has a piece of tape holding in a fake solar panel. - jedislayer21
Can't tell if this is a joke or a way to trap old people inside a cafe...
via: RedditSuch a great deal! - Guevarra25
The Rise of Skywalker was, in every way, a trap.
via: RedditMovie "started" at 10pm but ads ran for an entire 30 minutes before the movie finally came on. - Caeliterra
Was the internet even invented in 1999? I honestly don't know.
via: RedditI have to connect to the internet in order to play an arcade game from 1999. - Coolkid1692
What would a chess app even do with that?
via: RedditSo they can call your friends to tell them how you got rekt. - havocLSD
Be both an employee and a consumer!
via: RedditThis company requires I agree to have promotional emails from them to apply for a job. - Fox_Booty
I do so love to click.
via: RedditThis article forces you to go to another website just so that I can include more ads. - Luggage-Caching
We are all being taken for a ride at all times.
via: RedditThese Bluetooth headphones have to be permanently plugged in to provide power. - EvilSuppressor
Those post office guys know how to stay on-brand.
via: RedditFloor tiles at the US Postal Museum. - ligbag4
Mmm, so much air...
via: RedditBoth weigh 500g but the green one is in a 30% "BIGGER BAG MORE TO SHARE." - AApickleAA
Now here's a candidate you can trust.
via: RedditReceived this for my 88-year-old grandma. Says it's a summons from Travis County, but is actually asking money for Ted Cruz. Is this even legal? - YourAverageGod
Guess this machine's getting a 24 cent tip.
via: RedditThe price was $5.76. I can only pay with quarters. - GryphonPatches
A lot of people say the problem with airline travel is that it's just too comfortable.
via: RedditLiteral hell for budget flyers — standing seats. - DistinctScene0
Is... it a discount for them?
via: RedditI’m not sure Verizon understands the meaning of discount. - nollsgame80
Comes with a free mile of plastic.
via: RedditI can't buy single use plastic bags at the supermarket anymore, but companies get away with sh*t like this. - ouro_boros_14
"Hon, I feel like you've been getting shorter since lunch began."
via: RedditThese benches in a food court are tilted so customers would leave sooner. - Lillian__0314
At least this disappointed bodybuilder still has their sense of humor.
via: RedditBrand new protein powder, not even filled half whey. - Furious_Flames
Trickery at its finest.
via: RedditThis smartphone with a fake triple camera and fake fingerprint sensor. - Clifton360
"No no no, we need our pods."
via: RedditThis Keurig that stops you from using reusable pods. - NotReallyMichaelCera
They've got cajones, you gotta give 'em that.
via: RedditWondered why my new sheets felt like garbage... - NarplePlex
I just want to know what they're buying with it!
via: RedditThe vending machine at the children’s hospital overcharges by 10¢ on every item with no written reason. When I contacted customer support, they offered to send back my 10¢, but nothing more. - emzieees
I mean, if you can afford a computer, you can afford 87 dollars.
via: RedditThere's a $87 dollar difference between searching for a flight on my iPad and computer for the same flight. $269 on the computer and $182 on iPad. - GloomyKey2
Could always throw it out the window yourself for free.
via: RedditI have to pay them to take the mini-bar out of my room... - totallyadragon
Did you two sign some kind of deal or something?
via: RedditNo Spotify, l don't want to listen to Drake. - TheManWhoKillsMoms
Use it on what will be your best note.
via: RedditI bought these sticky notes cause I thought the gold border was nice. - KarmasDoll
"Good luck, kid!"
via: RedditYoutube lets you purchase a movie, but still age blocks you. - TacoTurtleSupreme