Asynchronous communication

I’m reading Ellen Ullman’s Life in Code: a personal history of technology at the moment.

In this section (written in 1994!) she talks about how users, and consequently society, are shaped by the approaches and assumptions of the people who make technological systems.

Ullman goes on to discuss how asynchronous communication, preferred by programmers, becomes something normalised to users. It’s interesting: I noticed on holiday how many people were having conversations via recorded WhatsApp messages instead of synchronous phone conversations.