07/31/2013 01:34 pm ET Updated Sep 30, 2013

How Email Is Swallowing Our Lives

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One day several zillion years from now, when aliens from a faraway planet try to make sense of our long-defunct civilization, they're going to be convinced that e-mail came before the telephone. How else to explain our reliance on something so time-consuming, enervating, and maddeningly inefficient when we could all dispense with our most basic tasks -- and coordinate them, for that matter -- with a brief phone call?

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