I'm writing this on the close cousin of my iPhone, my iPad. There are advantages, but ... my friend Ramana was right to make this a topic for the Loose Blogger Consortium. And, here's my take ...
My son has an iPhone. My daughter has an iPhone. Almost all the people I know have a mobile telephone. So, we can always be in touch. Too much in touch.
The electronic leash was apparent at my granddaughter's soccer match last Saturday, for her dad was on the sidelines with a conspicuous phone given him by the company he works for. He is now totally in charge of all the plumbing of a major hospital wing construction here in the Bay Area. It is the reward for responsibility and competence, the electronic leash!
It makes no sense in this day and age to not confer it upon him. He must immediately respond if something springs a leak, for literally millions of dollars are at stake. He has moved into the rarified atmosphere that used to be occupied only by doctors with their pagers in earlier times. He has become the attached stopper, the one who handles the emergencies no one else is outfitted for. He is like the President, always followed with the ultimate red emergency phone, the phone used only in the time that the world was trying to find an exit!
So, one would think he would be the easiest person in the world to reach by good old dad and mom, right? I mean, in the old days you had to rely upon someone actually being home to reach them, but if they were, you knew they would answer the phone. It was one of the rules of life: if the phone rings, you answer.
Ah, the irony! If the phone is always on you, if you are tied to it, there is only one possible escape from it. You don't answer! So, continuous availability yields NO availability.
Come on, kid! Answer!