There was a mountain resort my family vacationed at years ago that didn’t have phones. A smart resort developer realized they could save the expense of running phone lines to condos, and sell it as a benefit. Even twenty five years ago this seemed odd and even a little dangerous to my ten year old self. Now it seems radically right.
Cell phones and email have led to a disturbing epidemic of workplace co-dependency. A survey undertaken earlier this year by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Expedia.ca found that 48% of Canadian workers feel that electronic devices such as cell phones and blackberries make it harder to get away from work. This is a 7% increase over last year. If you are taking some time off this holiday season you may experience this problem yourself. It is not unusual to find in the first days of your holiday that your colleagues back at the office are relieving their separation anxiety by calling your cell phone with supposedly mission critical issues like misplaced files, or lunch ordering procedures.