E-mail, Cellphone, Facebook, Twitter, IM clients. And to make things worse, all those things are
crosscombined. Are we ever truly unavailable? Think about it for a second. I know I am available
pretty much 24/7 through either one of these things and it really bugs me sometimes.
Those that knows me a little better knows that I have a slight aversion to phones, still I work
in an area where phones is a tool of the trade, but I handle pretty well I think.
Is this new form of availability the curse of the modern world? Well, in my opinion its
both “Yes” and “No”. Just yesterday there was 2 stories about twitter. First was the
couple who actualy twittered during their own wedding ceremony. Now, that has
gone too far. But, on top of that, was a mother who had a 2 year old that took
a plunge into the pool, and let her OTHER kid call 911 while she twittered about it!
I dont know about the rest of you, but I almost started to cry, big macho man that I am (I can hear
you laughing, stop it!) If my kid had taken a dunk into the pool and was unconcsious(sic due to lack of coffee?)
I wouldnt be texting Twitter about it, I would be frantic trying to give my kid CPR, and when the paramedics
came, I would let them do their job while nervously hovering over them chewing off the last of my nails.
Now, In the defence of social networking, there was ALSO a topic about a girl that was pretty much forced
to stay in her apartment by a man wielding a knife. She updated her facebook from her mobile phone,
friends noticed and called 911 and the police came and resolved the issue, so they are not all bad even though
they are starting to take more and more of our time. Let me give you something to look at for referrence.
This is what I am using, some more rare then others, but still, I have accounts.
AOL Instant messenger
Not to mention all the different email adresses that I am having, some that comes with the IM clients, some that
are used for different reasons. Currently I have 3 active ones that I use. 1 for work, 1 for receiving spam and 1
for private usage. Then of course there is my cell phone, wich ironically enough, gives me access to all the ones
People say that technology can isolate, and I guess that is in some extent true if you just sit there and look
dumbfounded at your screen, but really, what technology causes most is the stress of knowing that anyone
can reach you at any time, and still you have the feeling that you dont wanna miss out with the small action
Oh the dilemma.
Now I have to twitter about this post…..