In the last few weeks there's been a series of announcements that underline just how rapidly the world is advancing towards a state where those in developed nations have universal access to the internet.
Wireless access is coming to 80 tube stations in London before the Olympics start, while the Channel Tunnel is being equipped with 2G and 3G services, so calls and internet browsing can take place even when deep under the sea.
While debates rumble on about ensuring the final third are able to get online with adequate connections, there can be little doubt that eventually in the not too disant future internet access will be everywhere, and that technology is rapidly changing to embrace this evolution.
These developments feed in to the growing desire and seeming necessity for constant connectivity to provide the ability to work remotely, work flexibly, and access information on-the-go, and the all the benefits this offers, which it undoubtedly does.
However, to my mind there is a danger in all this that we will end up working harder, working longer and be unable to switch off from work and enjoy other aspects of our lives, as we become ever more entwined with machines and the world of constant connectivity we are creating.
We spend every moment listening for buzzes and beeps from phones, signalling new messages that must be answered, we turn every 'saved' minute into one spent playing Angry Birds or writing about our breakfasts on Twitter, or checking our emails once again.
Are we losing the art of doing nothing? The ability to just sit around, thinking or even not thinking; engaged in idle thought, in meaningless meanderings of the mind; staring out of a window; simply doing nothing?
Sitting at a dinner table in a nice Chinese restaurant last Friday I was surrounded by three phones on the table, each owner making a statement that the phone, or the messages that may arrive, were more important than those gathered together, in person, for a meal.
I insisted to a friend last week that when we went to the pub we didn't take our phones, so we couldn't be distracted waiting for texts, or checking football scores, but he disagreed, and sure enough he was soon texting away, while I twiddled my thumbs.
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