There. I entered “front-loading washer” into the search bar of my browser. I have turned on “Do Not Track” in the browser settings knowing from experience that for the next week I probably will be pestered and bothered on many sites that I visit with ads for washing machines. And heaven forbid I should visit Amazon. But either way it will still happen – washing machines in my face until I wait out the data analysts and let the Internet cool off. Meantime, the pestering convinces me which store, vendor, manufacturer to avoid – usually the ones with the highest frequency of ads.
Some of you might ask why that matters? In my case, I also may want to look at my own company’s websites, blogs, and other resources. I also value freedom, privacy, and the ability to come and go as I please on the Internet. So don’t bother me. But I’m in the minority, right?
I realize that these are small matters to some. But I also would prefer not to get junk mail delivered daily by USPS. Fortunately I have a trash can (the blue one in my part of the country) that recycles the junk mail I deposit within. I can’t remember the last time that I opened a junk mail envelope or read a grocery store flyer. And I realize that there are some who do.
But why can’t I just opt-out of all of it. I’m done.