News Note: “the average worker checks email 74 times a day.”
“In the olden days, when carrier pigeons knew their worth, and communication was all done by letter, perhaps Jane Austen, say, tore down the garden path to rip the letters out of the postman’s hands, flying back into the house, pen and paper in hand, already composing a speedy response before the tea has even had time to brew. But that’s nothing like the current fever. It’s as if we are racing against our own mortality when after all it’s only an email.”
—Yvonne Roberts, “Addicted to email? The Germans have an answer,” The Guardian, August 30, 2014 Image: Early NSA intercepts...
• Editorial Comment: 74 email checks a day? tsk. Amateurs....
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