What Really Killed
the Pay Phone?
Technological innovation had a role
in the decline of the pay phone, but
fear and paranoia did it in.
Contrary to popular belief, the pay
phone didn’t “die” because more people started owning mobile phones.
Its accessibility, however, dwindled
throughout the ’90s as cities and
communities introduced legislation
to municipal codes across country that restricted or elimi-
nated access to the machines.
After a 1967 court decision, law enforcement could no
longer tap a public pay phone without a search warrant,
and with that protection, phone booths became a popular
place for criminals to take and receive calls. Crime rates
spiraled through the decades, peaking in the early 1990s.
Depending on the city, pay-phone regulations were
placed under ordinances relating to loitering, public nuisance, vending, soliciting or vandalism. Pay phone use
dwindled dramatically thereafter. l Source: The Atlantic
When Someone’s Crying
in the Next Cubicle Over
Most of us agree that it’s a good idea to leave certain aspects
of our personal lives out of the office. However, we’re all
affected by tragedy, regardless of our job title. The
effects of loss, illness, divorce, miscarriage, you
name it, inevitably spill over into the workplace.
Research shows that connection around
times of vulnerability nurtures trust, which leads
to better communication, employee engagement and creativity. Don’t let the office-place
hierarchy intimidate you from supporting your
The most helpful questions ask for specific
responses. For example, “How are you, today?” or
“What’s that like for you?” instead of a general, “How are
you?” You can also ask your colleague out to coffee, or
check in with them in the hallway—or even just send an email.
There are a lot of practical, subtle ways to show that you
care about the people you work with who are experiencing personal hardship. Gestures count. Don’t treat distressed co-workers
like a virus to be avoided. l Source: LinkedIn
WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR PHONE, ARE YOU ABOVE OR BELOW AVERAGE?
Just how much time does a person spend on their phone each day?
According to new data from the analytics firm Flurry, the average time U.S. users are spending in mobile apps is at 5 hours per
day and continuing to grow.
Five hours per day is a 20% increase compared with the fourth quarter of 2015, and seems to come at the expense of mobile
browser usage, which has dropped significantly over the years.
Flurry also says that U.S. users are spending more than half their time (51%) in social media, messaging and media and entertainment applications—including those like Snapchat, which now accounts for 2% of users’ daily time spent in apps.
With the increased time users spend in apps, the advertising landscape is being affected. Apps can now attract TV ad dollars—
witness app providers going after TV subscribers thanks to new services like Direc TV Now, Sling TV, You Tube TV and others.
l Source: Tech Crunch (Data Source: Flurry Analytics)
Other 8% Lifestyle & Shopping 5%
All Apps 92%