Hazards of the internet
WE CERTAINLY live in a world of communication. Whether it is sending text messages or e-mails, there are more ways than ever to get in touch with someone else. Alas, that can lead to more problems than ever.
To begin with, not everyone is wired up to the electronic revolution. I know how to send e-mails, but wouldn't know where to begin when it comes to the likes of Twitter and Facebook. Indeed from what I've heard, I don't think I want to! Nevertheless, I accept that for some these are the methods of choice when it comes to contacting others.
So I'm happy when these are given as options to use if wishing to share your views.
The difficulty arises, however, when someone only gives an e-mail address, perhaps in all innocence as that is the way they liaise with others, and they can't imagine anyone in the 21st Century wouldn't have internet access.
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Unfortunately, recent figures in connection with the introduction of Universal Credit estimated that 14-million people in the UK don't go on line, many of whom will be elderly or poor. Thus, it is imperative that you continue to supply a contact phone number or street address if you don't wish people to become electronically disadvantaged.
Even if you are a user of e-mails, there are the far too frequent instances of when the internet crashes and you just can't go online. Another hazard for the internet user is unwanted e-mails, not only spam, but those from people insisting on copying you into their communications with a third party. As a result your inbox gets cluttered up with all kinds of junk that someone in their infinite wisdom reckons you might just find interesting!
And, of course, even among internet users there is the difference between people who simply access their e-mail account once or twice a day, and those who are online 24/7 thanks to having some kind of Blackberry-type device. So as a once-a-day user, you go on line on a morning, only to find out information about an event that took place the previous night!
It may have been issued back in 1983, but Spandau Ballet must have been able to foresee the future when they sung of communication getting you down!