Ron Goch
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Laptops to PDAs

December 12th 2006

A year ago when I traveled on business, many people in the airports and on planes had laptops and every other person had a PDA or Blackberry in hand.

Now, I see less laptop computers and many more PDAs. In fact, it’s rare to see someone without a PDA or Blackberry.

Not only fellow business people, but youth are carrying a PDA, Blackberry or cell phone and many youth can be found text-messaging on their cell phones.

Our two oldest kids are constantly text-messaging friends and I can’t help but wonder if we’re more connected or disconnected?

We seem to be more connected in the way of more frequent emails and text-messages, but more disconnected in the way of less personal contact by phone and/or in person.

Personally, I know I rely heavily on email much more today than years past, and that’s primarily due to the Blackberry.

It doesn’t stop there though. We have the ability to be wireless at the office and at home, which means people can carry their laptops anywhere in the house they choose.

There’s also webcams and web casts, which can minimize business trips – a great savings of time and money – but then again, it brings us back to less in person contact.

So, are we more connected or less connected?

Ron Goch,
The Telios Group
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