Reasons Why Supermarket Direction Arrows Are A Trap For ADHD People

  • You don’t even realise they exist until 3 weeks in,
  • You forget they exist so forget to look down to check them,
  • You’re continually pushing the boundaries with how far you can backtrack down an aisle to get something that you forgot to get, or that you just couldn’t find first time,
  • They make everyone else move even slower than normal,
  • Having to loop back around to follow the arrows really tests your patience,
  • You end up giving up on getting some things because it’s too much of a pain to get them,
  • You get to the checkout only to realise that you’ve been funelled into a specific place and have no idea where the funnel began.
  • You get told off by the security guard for thinking outside of the box even when there were no negative consequences.

Or it could just be me, but my experience says not.


3 thoughts on “Reasons Why Supermarket Direction Arrows Are A Trap For ADHD People

    1. Haha πŸ˜„. Well, it wasn’t meant to be taken too seriously, but yes, it was a surprise to learn of the supermarket arrows from a news article! After I’d read about it, I checked in my supermarket and then noticed them!

      I think I had noticed them but not acknowledged them or thought about them, because their presence was unexplained and I had no idea what they were for. Kind of semi-conscious observation!

      Another change which hit me in an unexplained way, was after I had that 9 day break from going to the supermarket, and I went really early in the morning, and there was a kind of loose queue of people at the door waiting for it to open, but when it opened everybody seemed reluctant to go in so I just walked past the few people ahead of me.

      After that, after trying to go to a supermarket in the daytime and seeing a ridiculous queue snaking round the car park, I figured out what must’ve happened!

      Since then, at that first supermarket, they’ve now had a fence to indicate where the queue should start.

      Being this unaware of things would be impossible if I lived with anybody in any meaningful way, like had a partner, or just local friends who actually socialised regularly with me! I think. To me, it was just surreal that these changes came in seemingly-unexplained, yet everybody else was already following them! πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ.


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