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March 12, 2008

Instant Mobile Communication, Efficiency, and Quality of Life

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Health Policy Management and Evaluation (Dr Detsky) and Medicine (Drs Detsky and Spiegelman), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Dr Detsky).

JAMA. 2008;299(10):1179-1181. doi:10.1001/jama.299.10.1179

Human beings have existed for thousands of years, yet the vast majority of technological advances that have improved daily life have taken place in the last 100 years. Why is this so? The stimulus for these advances has largely been from progress in transportation and communication, allowing innovation and ideas to be transmitted from place to place and person to person with increasing ease and decreasing time.1 Technological progress in communication has been accelerating over the last 20 years and now permits virtually instantaneous transfer of voice, text, and images from almost any location on earth to another.

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