May I call you on the phone…

… whenever I want, without an appointment?

Of course not.

Nobody is allowed to call anyone without an appointment anymore. But at some point in the past, people did call each other on the phone. Without an appointment. And I’m not talking about just in business – you’ll agree that this is now increasingly common outside of work.

When did this change happen?

I’m not complaining. I dislike receiving unscheduled calls as much as you do. I’m just curious to the nature of it. And the question that I’m actually interested in is this: Am I more productive or less productive than I was before this change?

For me, I don’t like being interrupted by an unscheduled call because I don’t want to spend the time and energy of disengaging from my current activity flow – knowing I may not be able to reconnect with it after the call, or that I would lose the compound effect and have to start from the beginning.

Right? I’m sure that’s a common reason.

But how often are we engaged in that type of activity?

And how much of it is just the deterioration of human-to-human communication skills?

Maybe I should replace the word ‘deterioration’ with the word ‘evolution’ in the previous sentence.

So the question I’m asking myself is: What’s the real reason I don’t like receiving unscheduled phone calls? Is it really because I’m engaged in compounding production which I cannot afford to reset? Or is it just because I don’t know how to talk to people anymore?

I work in communications. I host a podcast. I make YouTube videos. I speak for a living. So I can somehow convince myself that I haven’t lost my ability to talk to people.

So then it must be because I’m always engaged in productive work. But this is also debatable considering my deep knowledge of useless NBA stats and how worn out my PS4 controllers are.

That leaves me with evolution.

Human-to-human communication is evolving before our very eyes. Things we used to like in previous times, I guess now we just like them differently.