In the days before email became the default means of communication – especially with respect to international traffic – waiting for the post on a daily basis was definitely less stressful. The postman came once a day, within a time window one was aware of, and if the awaited envelope didn’t drop on the mat then you knew you could relax for 24 hours.
Now, in the age of 24/7 comms, that is no longer the case. Today I’m waiting for an email that hopefully will bring me good news. But it could come through at any time, time-zones permitting.
Yes it is infinitely more efficient, cheaper, and preferable. But learning to control the technology rather than letting the technology control you seems to be an important part of modern day living.
By chance, I picked up a book from an Oxfam Shop in London the other week – i chose to walk across London between two mainline stations; Always a good way of reminding myself why I must never live and work in the London area!
Here’s a review of the book – The Distraction Addiction by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.
Whilst i haven’t finished reading the book, i did like the analogy between different types of technology. I have worn glasses permanently, except when either swimming or in bed since i was 8 or 9. I perceive them as an extension of myself, and am hardly conscious of them almost all the time.
The smartphone will surely be seen as the same – a natural extension of myself, and whilst it servers a different purpose from my glasses, – or even my shoes – it is quickly becoming one I wouldn’t be keen to do without. I might choose to switch if off for long periods of the day to avoid excessive distractions from who, or whatever i am trying to concentrate on.
And equally, like my glasses, should it break, be lost or stolen, i guess i’ll need to find a replacement quickly. As it happens, the cost is about the same – my glasses are bifocals, and hence quite expensive. Equally, the prescription is continually changing requiring shelling out quite a hefty sum ever couple of years for a new pair.
At least with the smartphone I might be able to choose to stick with the current technology for a few years … but who knows …
Editor’s Note: i see my ramblings have migrated from the original topic elsewhere.