Magazine article Communication World

From the Editor

Magazine article Communication World

From the Editor

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I'm not quite there yet, but I see where it's going. By "it" I mean the mobile technology revolution that's powered by those little devices that sit in your pocket and make it possible to communicate with anyone via the Internet or phone at any time. With so many people carrying these devices these days, a prompt response (10 minutes or so?) to an e-mail or voice message is almost expected, any time, day or night. I've noticed that these "connected" individuals are practically married to their cell phones and BlackBerry devices, so obsessed are they with checking messages. Nothing is more important--not a conversation, not a candlelit dinner, not even a movie. It doesn't matter whether a message is expected or not. Someone may be trying to make contact, and it might be important.

I believe there is an invasion going on. And where work and business are concerned, it's directly related to information overload. How can a person live with anything that requires constant attention, especially if it's your office following you around wherever you go? When and where does one find the downtime to be able to function properly? …

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