Earlier today, I realised i hadn’t had any emails for a couple of days. A bit of googling / nagging my hubby later, and I figured out my password had been deleted on my phone. After a little jiggery – pokery, I added it back to my account, and suddenly my inbox was filling up at an alarming rate. If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I’d love to visit Vegas. So I wasn’t even slightly surprised to find an email titled, “visit Las Vegas” at the top of my unread email list after my Email free weekend.

Email free weekend

I’ve said before how I’d like to go to Vegas and “put it all on Red”, but the chances of that happening this decade are zero. Having a little flutter online is as close as I’ll get to the Las Vegas Strip any time soon. Perhaps hubby and I can escape to Caesar’s Palace for a long weekend… And finally cross “putting it all on Red” off my bucket list…?

Email free weekend - vegas

Anyway, I digress… After syncing my emails, I realised I’d missed loads and it made me think back to 10 years ago. Back when I only used to check my emails once or twice a week. If I missed a week, it didn’t matter. Now… I have one Email free weekend and I have 100+ emails to delete . So I spend a day kicking myself about all the bargains I have missed.

Times Change

10 years ago, I worked on customer service for a mobile phone operator. iPhones weren’t yet available and picture messaging was still a fairly new concept. The Motorola V3 was the bane of my life back then. I spent 40 hours a week talking people through manually setting up picture messaging. Followed by their gprs (really slow, almost pointless internet) on their phones. 4G didn’t yet exist, and 3G was only just starting to become available.

Phones still interfered with the TV for a few seconds before a text came through. As well as when the phone rang! Additionally, phone batteries lasted longer than half a day between charges. Texting was expensive, and sneaky MSN chats in between calls was how I communicated with my friends… Once I’d ran out of “free texts”.

Email back then was something I used to keep in touch with my Auntie who lives in New Zealand, and for chasing eBay purchases. Email is definitely much more a part of my life than it was back then. Despite having “push messages” set up to bring in new emails every hour… I still find myself checking manually in between. Times have definitely changed. How quickly would you notice if your emails stopped coming directly to your phone?

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