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What Is the Most Horrible Technology Sound?

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Technology is amazing, until it starts generating noises that make you want to lock yourself inside a Faraday cage time machine and zip back to the Stone Age. Dot matrix printers. A phone buzzing on your upstairs neighbor's floor. The default Android alarm. That stupid marimba ringtone. What is the most horrible sound in all of tech?


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Illustration by Tara Jacoby

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Andrew Liszewski

That horrible, generic, digital alarm clock buzzing beep. After having to wake up for a summer job at 5:30 every morning I refuse to ever have an alarm clock that makes this sound in my home ever again.