To "Cancel" in the parlance of our times

How awkward would face-to-face interactions be if you could no longer answer questions with a simple "Yes" or "No", but instead had to speak using the same button terminology commonly seen on your phone or computer?

”Are you ready to pay for these clothes?” CANCEL!

Imagine the weird looks you're going to get as they slowly back away from you...

Yet, if a pop-up window appeared on your screen right now with any of those words on a button or two, you probably wouldn't bat an eye. After all, you've seen these labels being used to describe actions day-in and day-out…

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"Please do not leave this page or go back"

UX design leader and instructor, Jared Spool, recently tweeted a common, seemingly-critical warning that we still see too often on eCommerce and bill-payment sites, "Your purchase is in progress. Please do not leave this page or go back." But this got me wondering, what catastrophic effects would there be if we were given these process-interruption warning in other moments of our lives and those systems failed to consider our needs?

"Your elevator is descending. Please do not press another floor button or the elevator cables will snap."  Hmmm...

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Hilariously Bad Security Fields

You've likely come across web forms with an interactive security checkpoint in the past such as during activity touchpoints like account sign-ups, logins, and finalising purchases. However, yesterday whilst doing a little competitor research, I came across one of the worst "security" fields that I have ever seen...

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