Think back to the 1970's or even later. There was no email, no cell phones, no video conferencing, no cordless phones, no Twitter, no text messaging, no pagers,... and yet, we managed just fine, right? I'm not trying to be a Luddite here (after all, I'm posting this rant on a blog), but I think Twitter may be my final straw.
Twitterers take note: I don't care what you're doing right now. Whether you're trying a new pasta recipe or fixing a toilet, I could give a shit. Statement of fact: Anybody that says they care about your Twitter messages is either lying or has no life.
As for cell phones, unless you are in a hostage situation or trapped underneath rubble after an earthquake, turn the damn things off. Whatever you're saying can wait. I'm tired of hearing men in grocery stores discuss with their wives for thirty minutes about which brand of bacon to buy. For the love of God, just buy the effing Tyson brand and move on! It's all hot greasy salty meat that kills you -it doesn't really freaking matter! And don't get me started about cell phones in movie theaters...
99.99999% of my emails are garbage, and the remaining 0.00001% would have been better via the telephone. I've never read a text message that was worth repeating, and the video conferences at work usually are generally awkward and stilted and would have worked much better over the phone or in person.
Everyone says it's so great and wonderful how we are so globally interconnected now - but no one ever seems to stop and think that more is not always better. Look at the 24 hour news networks for an example of how more actually is less. Instead of 30 minutes of genuine news, we get swine flu sensationalism and celeb gossip for 24 hours straight! Now, instead of a meaningful phone call from someone, we get a constant barrage of tweets and texts about NOTHING.