- embed /em-BED/
- advent /AD-vent/
- norm /nawrm/
- condition /kuhn-DISH-uhn/
- make someone’s blood boil /meyk SUHM-wuhn’s bluhd boil/
[verb] – to place or set (something) firmly in something else
A sense of guilt was deeply embedded in my conscience.
[noun] – the fact of an event happening, an invention being made, or a person arriving
Life was transformed by the advent of the telephone.
[noun] – an accepted standard or a way of behaving or doing things that most people agree with
In several nations, one kid per household is quickly becoming the norm.
[verb] – to train or influence a person or animal mentally so that they do or expect a particular thing without thinking about it
The dog was conditioned to bark after giving it something to eat.
[idiom] – to make someone very angry
She makes my blood boil when I hear her hate-filled speeches!
There are more methods to contact people than ever before, and the need to answer has grown increasingly accepted as those communication platforms have gotten tucked into our pockets and carried with us wherever we go. We appear to be able to respond at all times, therefore we “should”. Furthermore, our phones’ apps and social media platforms have embedded 24-hour communication into our daily lives, which is especially true with the advent of remote employment. Since a delay in responding to the employer reflects adversely on you, quick responses have been the norm in the office. So, whether it’s responding to work messages on Slack or posting a photo on Instagram and seeing the likes roll in almost instantly, “we’ve been conditioned into immediate returns,” says Michael Stefanone, a professor of communication at the University of Buffalo in the United States who specializes in social networks.
Meanwhile, if someone makes your blood boil the next time he/she fails to respond to your message, the best cure may be to simply put down the phone for a moment – being connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week is stressful enough.
- Do you get mad when the receiver of your message has not replied yet after a few minutes? Why or why not?
- Do you respond immediately to any text messages you receive from anyone? Why or why not?
- If your boss sent you messages about work outside work hours, what would you tell him/her? Please elaborate on your answer.
- Do you agree that being connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week is stressful enough?
- What do you think about not answering a message at all even if the person keeps sending you messages? Please explain your answer.