i ran across the article “The Autumn of the Multitaskers” by Walter Kirn yesterday (i forgot via which of the 100 or so feeds i have subscribed to in my NetNewsWire — which i guess goes to prove the point), and — on top of being a very interesting and entertaining read — i found it to resonate well with my own experiences of where we’re headed in our always-connected, always-reachable and always-up-to-date society. We check emails 358 times a day, to the extend that it stops us from getting real work done. We carry cell phones and PDAs to keep us in touch with “what’s going on” 24/7.
this goes to the extent that nowadays you can no longer meet up with friends without relying on your cell for last-minute scheduling, or people needing their navigation to find the restaurant three blocks down from their home. Whatever was wrong with “let’s meet at 8” and everyone simply showing up on time? It worked for generation after generation of people.
i used tho think that this new “always on” world was great. i was among the first of my peers to get a cell phone (back when, as Kurt Vonnegut so aptly put it in one of his last interviews, using a cell phone in public still made you look like a moron*). i’ve owned more PDAs and Smart Phones than i can count (starting with what was one of the first Pocket PCs, the awesome CASIO Cassiopeia E10, and finishing with an iMate Jasjar, bought after i swore off from buying more PDAs but getting it anyways because the $100 offer at PDC’05 was just too good to not accept, and retired last year).
now-adays, i don’t even carry my cell phone with me, except say when traveling abroad. because — guess what: when i’m going to the movies or out to dinner, i don’t want to hear from you, nor do i need to delete the latest 5 spam emails, right this second. i just wanna have my peace and enjoy the film or the food.