Today there where spaghetti ciociara on the lunch menu of our favorite Italian restaurant which led to everybody just ordering spaghetti as nobody dared trying to pronounce cio…
Amazingly it worked without the waiter permanently asking which type of spaghetti even though the menu has at least 10 varieties. Proves once again that context is king.
There is only one kind of spaghetti on the lunch menu and around noon everybody orders of the lunch menu.
The second fact ingrained into this observation is how lazy we are, how much we avoid cognitive load and possible embarrassment. Most of us could possibly pronounce it correctly if we concentrated for a moment and read properly but we would avoid it at all costs especially in public with the danger of a full restaurant listening to us making a fool out of ourselves.
So whenever making your user chose or interact try to not force him to think. And the avoidance of embarrassment I actually think holds a lot of interesting product ideas. How can apps in all kind of day to day areas keep us from looking stupid by asking, or being wrong, or not knowing something in the right moment.
If someone has become hungry here you can find the recipe for spaghetti ciociara. Interesting side fact in the German speaking world it apparently is a different kind of spaghetti as in the English speaking world. German recipes always have peas, mushrooms and ham link English ones bell pepper and olives link