Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The cost of spam.

Junk is expensive because time is expensive.

All forms of clutter tax the brain and drain emotional energy.
A photo posted by Richard Ford (@richard.ford) on

The first photo is of the sort of cheap and independent food retailer the City does so well. Most people assume that only swanky, upmarket places exist but in fact all price ranges may be found. The second photo is of a confused window display.

We may not believe our time is worth very much at present. This is a mirage caused by our temporary poverty. We will need to realise the true value of our time before we can escape our present situation. I used to wonder why I was so deluged with junk mail when I had no money for any of the goods they sold. I now know the reason- they sent the mail because they got away with it.

This is a short guide to not being a soft touch for the spam merchants.

How to stop email.

How to stop snail mail.

Save trees while saving time.

Beware of people with little going on in their lives. They like to have the same conversations over and over again. To avoid this without rudeness, create a false sense of urgency. Always be going somewhere even if you are not. Repetitive people are not bad people. Their problem is that they have too much time and we have too little.

Screen telephone calls and be careful who we give our number to. Block numbers without mercy if they waste our time.

iPhone owners may also download apps that will cause the screen to flash red when a known spammer is calling. Block and forget.

How to stop junk phone calls.

We have become so eager to talk to the world that we no no longer ask ourselves why we are doing so. Limit Facebook time or go cold turkey- with the exception of my own totally non spammy content of course.

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