Thursday, March 24, 2011

Why We No Longer Actually Need The Phone ...

Excellent article in todays New York Times about reduced use of actual talk on phones. Apparently texting traffic is likely to exceed talk time in the next few years.

Phone calls are rude. Intrusive. Awkward. “Thank you for noticing something that millions of people have failed to notice since the invention of the telephone until just now,” Judith Martin, a k a Miss Manners, said by way of opening our phone conversation. “I’ve been hammering away at this for decades. The telephone has a very rude propensity to interrupt people.”

Good. I'm happy to get calls from family, close friends but anything else is an interruption, unless it's urgent.

After all, I might be eating, watching a particularly good program, deep into some good music or having carnal knowledge with a particularly obliging and none-too-choosy female - so unless it's critical, send me a text or an email, so I can choose when I reply.

Thank you for your cooperation.