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When did it become rude to call?

Once upon a time we had land line phones… a home number and a work number. If you knew someone really well, chances are you had their number memorised. Anyone still able rattle off a number from the 1980s better than your spouse / partner / significant other / best friend’s current mobile!?

Then along came the mobile phone… instant contact anywhere, anytime.

Which is great if there is something truly urgent.

Which is not if you want to have some modicum of work / life balance and a certain degree of… ahem… privacy.

But here is the thing… somewhere along the way it became rude to just pick up the phone and call someone… like a guest landing up unannounced at your doorstep while you are still in your PJs, haven’t brushed your teeth or hair and generally growling at the world.


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