1. Plain old e-mail spam: filters, firewalls, and the trusty “block sender” function on our personal e-mail in-boxes are about the best we can do, however it still gets through, somehow. Unsolicited messages offering us everything from unfailing wealth increasing advice to physical perfection—in-box clutter. Thankfully we have a delete key!
2. Skype: like telemarketers, people find us and call with offers of activities we may not be interested in—digital telephone clutter. When I first joined Skype, I began receiving a multitude of messages before I even made one. Of course, I knew none of these people, and was less than interested in chatting with them. The good thing then was that I didn’t know how to answer a Skype call, so they went no-where. Maybe not knowing is a good thing, sometimes.
3. FaceBook: a great social networking tool, like Skype, Friend requests arrive from people and places I know nothing about, or on subjects I have no desire to discuss. In addition to that, people we have “Friended” post comments on our Wall that is potentially embarrassing—now we have Wall clutter! If we’re using FaceBook for business networking purposes, this doesn’t reflect well on our professional image. Again, FaceBook has provided a function to block these. Whew!
4. Cell Phone: telemarketers have found our cell phone numbers and are now calling at a frightening rate. And, if we inadvertently answer one of these calls, we’re billed for the time! Like Skype, I received in-coming calls before I even made one. If only those engaging in such behavior would find something more productive to do. Whoever invented call display is to be lauded here—don’t recognize the number, don’t answer!
And another thing about cell phones—my carrier sends me text messages that I really don’t need. Am I being billed MY minutes for that too?
What about people so addicted to their Smart Phones that they have their noses attached to their devices all the time? Could we call this addiction clutter?
5. Twitter: all those tweets that are posted one after the other by the same person, and occupy the entire screen, eliminating the occasional tweets that contain something of interest—tweety clutter. The designers have helped here too. These followers can be blocked, and unblocked when days are slow.
All in all, I guess some of my concern about electronic clutter is less intense than I thought at first. There are ways to prevent electronic clutter from taking over our lives after all. It will take some effort and risk to return to the real world. Are we prepared to do that?
How do you feel about electronic clutter? What methods do you employ in your business life and your family life?
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© 2013 Moreen Torpy
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Moreen Torpy is the De-Clutter Coach, a Trained Professional Organizer, Author, and Speaker. Her new book is Going Forward: Downsizing, Moving and Settling In. See http://www.GoForwardDownsize.com for more about the book including where to purchase it, and http://www.decluttercoach.ca to learn about her organizing services and other books.