In today’s society… in today’s busy world… our current technological society… and so on. I’ve written phrases like that more than once. And I’ve stopped because:
1. These phrases don’t add any value to my writing. If I’m writing about the past, I’ll say, “In the past…” or some such thing. Similarly if I’m writing about the future. Otherwise isn’t the perception it’s current?
2. Lots of people don’t know a different society, don’t remember a time before computers. Technology is hardly new. Anyone over 50 like me has actually been using it longer than anyone younger.
Reserve space in your writing for words that really count, that add meaning to your writing. Eliminate what’s left. Make sure every word works. Your readers will thank you for it and show you by coming back to read more.
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