We all have that friend, the one that is always late. But, as I sit here, on my packed, massively delayed tube (where we just got told off by the tube driver!), I find myself wondering what late really means in our connected world.
Sure, in essence, it still exists; people are always running late. But the difference is, for the most part, thanks to technology, we are all aware of it. Lateness rarely comes without a text message, email, phone call or instant message from said late mate, explaining their predicament and apologising profusely. Long gone are the days when you stand around hoping the person you’re meeting isn’t stranded with no way to reach you. But, whilst these pre-emptive apologies can seem, and always are, polite; are they actually acceptable? Have we become a world where lateness doesn’t matter?
Being late is now so incredibly common and in many ways unavoidable (I’m looking at you TFL). But, I wonder how many of us haven’t put in a ‘I’m going to be late’ text to a friend as you really wanted your Saturday morning / can’t be bothered to move etc. Communication has made it so easy for us all to share everything, we don’t even think twice at using it to spin whatever we want…But just remember, location based tweeting, Facebook checks-in. We all love them now, but just think, you won’t be able to get away with shopping before that meeting anymore….