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Is e-Mail destroying the peace? The 1913 telephony magazine was right

Author: Henry Ejdelbaum

Tags: communication, future, invention, mobile usage

There’s no doubt that the telephone is one of the best inventions in the last 50 years. But if you could wind the clock back, would you have welcomed its creation knowing what you know now?

I recently wrote a blog on whether email would still be the chosen communication tool in 10 or 20 years’ time, given that generation X and Y currently regard email as passé, and some universities have stopped issuing email accounts. The response from our readers was “no”, there will be nothing to replace it.

But the current trend of checking your emails and continuing business on the train or when you arrive home is nothing new. In 1913 the Telephony Magazine published an article predicting that the phone would destroy peace of mind by being able to call the office from a holiday location.

They were right and as the ‘out of office’ emails diminish, the amount of people that continue to monitor their workload from holiday has significantly increased, partly to do with the fact that 80% of the world’s population has a mobile phone and over 1 in 5 is a smartphone capable of internet browsing, emails, games, apps, text messaging and making relatively cheap calls from anywhere in the world.

The point of this blog is to work out if you are on board with the mobile world, or if you would prefer to wind the clock back and revert to the less stressful, slower pace of life without the expectation of having to provide a response within minutes, based on the rule that ‘even though you’re not in the office, you’re still in the office.’

Let us know what you prefer, slow and silent, or fast paced?