London, Jan 9 (ANI): Car alarms have pipped egg timer and alarm clocks to be voted the most irritating piece of technology ever invented, says a poll.
The screeching sirens were followed by the egg timer which appears on computer screens when information is loading, and computers in general at the second and third positions.
Speed cameras came fourth in the poll of 5,000 people, reports The Telegraph.
A spokesman for mobile phone recycling site www.PhonePiggyBank.com said: "Car alarms can be the bane of many people's lives - waking them up, or stopping them from nodding off at night.
"But everyone dreads seeing the egg timer pop onto their PC screen, it normally means you're in for a long wait.
"And computers crashing, the dreaded Windows 'bong' sound and temperamental printers proves how much of a blight PCs are on our lives.
"Novelty door bells are far too cheesy and being woken up by your alarm clock is never fun.
"No matter how much they irritate us, they are all designed to make our lives easier in some way, however frustrating they are."
Top 20 Irritating Technological Inventions
1. Car alarms
2. Egg timer appearing on computer screen
3. Computer crashing
4. Speed cameras
5. Automated phone systems
6. Novelty doorbells
7. Skipping CD
8. The 'bong' sound in Windows when you can't do something
9. Uncomfortable headphones
11.'Out of Office' replies
12. Predictive text messaging
13. Vocal vehicle reverse warnings
14. Alarm clock
15. Ball mouse
16. Sat navs
17. Security lights
18. House alarms
19. Interactive television
20.In-car parking sensors. (ANI)