The telephone was an aberration
The telephone was an aberration in human development. It was a 70 year or so period where for some reason humans decided it was socially acceptable to ring a loud bell in someone else’s life and they were expected to come running, like dogs. This was the equivalent of thinking it was okay to walk into someone’s living room and start shouting. It was never okay.
- Rick Webb, writing about texting
It's the urgency and lack of asynchronicity that bothers me. But worse than the telephone itself is voicemail, which is intolerable. Texting fixes some of these problems.