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E-nough!

A totally paperless office or home is probably not achievable, but great strides have been made in eliminating a lot of the paper we were buried under in the past.

But have we merely moved the nuisance of overwhelming mail from our doormats and mailboxes to the inbox sitting on our desks and kitchen tables?

And nuisance it is. In the past companies would not have been allowed to stuff 300 notifications of their wares through our letter boxes, and yet we daily wade through mounds of email marketing.

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One hand on the keyboard and one foot in the grave?

Computer shops routinely run classes for the older generation who want to learn how to use their new computer equipment effectively. I was witness to such a class last week.

It was painful to watch.

The class consisted of one elderly gentleman and his young, more technically un-challenged adult son. Whilst the teacher guided his father through the steps needed to switch his computer on and load email, the son in his impatience kept pushing the right buttons for his father, or wanted to know in exasperation why his father couldn’t follow simple instructions. Why he couldn’t just ‘get it.’

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Is ‘Yes’ the new ‘No’ in modern parenting?

Some modern parenting thinking I come up against increasingly is that mostly ‘Yes’ decisions is the way to go in raising healthier, happier children.

When I was raised, if a parent or other adult with fiduciary responsibility said ‘No,’ that was an end to it. There was no whining and throwing of tantrums (for down that road lay death and destruction).

We understood ‘No’ and it was a word we accepted, and if we didn’t accept it we did so under our breath or, safer still, under our beds.

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Man vs Machine

In a well known computer store, it is now possible to walk in, take your desired product off the shelf, pay for it with a clever bit of mobile phone technology and walk out again without any human interaction whatsoever.

Utility companies, they too typically lead us through sets of computerised questions to ascertain and meet our needs without messy homosapien intervention.

Even that stalwart good ol’ WHSmith has recently installed self-checkouts. (Although the nice chap did walk our purchases over to the self-checkout tills and checked out for us. We either looked too stupid to cope, or he was bored senseless with no customers to serve.)

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