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It’s Complicated   Leave a comment

It used to be when someone wanted to tell you something he called you on the phone.

Now I have to figure out how to personalize my communication with each person in my social or work circle, because there are multiple forms of communication.

I feel like each new technological improvement seems more impractical than the last.  Take texting, which is of course no longer new to most of the world.  It’s a tiny little screen.  I can only use two fingers.  A conversation setting up a plan that would have taken three minutes by phone now takes three hours, depending on when my contact gets back to me, and I back to her.

How is this saving my time?

Not to mention that if someone is trying to contact me, she could be using any of four or five ways to do that.  And somehow I’m supposed to know someone is trying to contact me.

The only way for me to know that is to constantly check all these modes of communication.

There is email.  There is voicemail.  There is text.  There is Facebook Messenger.  Those of you who are more tech savvy than me have other ways to communicate with friends, and you know what they are.  But, I have four ways, other than a telephone call to my home phone, that people may be using to contact me.

This means I have to check every — single — one of those ways when I am trying to stay in contact with the world.

This is impractical, and as much as I love staying in touch, and you know I do–I have other things to do.

I don’t live in a place with reliable cell coverage, but–even if I did, I would not be checking my email or text messages every five minutes.  I want to have a life.  Electronics already eat too much of my time.  I want a way to communicate without this constant checking checking checking checking checking .

So, do you understand why I long for the period in time where if someone was trying to reach me, I would know it, because the phone would ring?  Then I could pick it up and have the conversation.  If it wasn’t as pressing, I would get a letter, which I could read when I was ready to.  Nobody expected me to respond to that immediately.  Sure, we had junk mail; sure we had sales calls.  But even junk mail and sales calls were not much compared to the pile of electronic communications and spam we are supposed to keep up with now.

So, what do you do?

Tell me how you handle communication so you stay in touch in a straightforward manner.

Posted August 2, 2017 by swanatbagend in modern conveniences

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