I’ve used Email since the early Compuserve days. Mine is set up to check all my Email accounts once an hour and load in any new ones. Since 80% of what comes down the wire is spam, I don’t check it that often. If I had responded to all the spam I have received over the years, my knob would now be six feet long and hard enough to use as a crowbar. I would also be a Nigerian bank billionaire and have fifteen Russian wives, all of whom are eternally twenty years old, and be working from home for a million pounds a minute just by shifting money from one criminal; cartel to another. Fortunately I am not one of the gullible.
This Email addiction apparently causes heart attacks, just like everything else. Really, it’s just another angle in the Daily Mail campaign to make the UK internet even more Government-controlled than China’s.
An addiction? People really check their Email all the time and panic if they can’t access it? My entire livelihood depends on it, which is why I have so many accounts in so many names in case the antismokers manage to take my smoky ones down, but even though all work comes that way and most invoices go out that way, I don’t check it anywhere near as often as I really should. I check the spam filters far too rarely, if I’m honest, and there have been some very late responses because of that.
It could all be done by phone but I prefer Email or letter-post so I have a hard copy of what was agreed and for how much.
An addiction as serious as drugs? Really? If you use Email too much, does the middle of your nose drop out? Does your liver fail? Do you get flashbacks to Compuserve and dial-up modems?
The pubs are dying, the community centres, cafes, coffee bars, clubs and bingo halls are falling apart. Now we chat by Email and that’s harder for the Stasi to earwig into.
Divide and rule to the extreme. Nobody talks to anyone. By any means.
Online gamers, your turn will come before the end of the year. You talk to each other in those games. I will put a bottle of a good malt whisky on the table for the first person who can come to this blog on January 1st, 2013, and say ‘The news has never said online gaming is bad for you’.
Maybe it already has and I missed it. Either way, I suspect I’ll be drinking that whisky myself.