A cross sectional study has confirmed what physicians have known to be true over the past few years: pager use has dropped dramatically amongst drug dealers nationally, while use of non-1980s era technology has risen. This effect was seen across all types of drug dealers, from those who peddle marijuana, to ecstasy, to crack/cocaine. Gomerblog reached out to one marijuana dealer (who wished to remain anonymous) who had this to say:
“Pagers? Really? Are you serious?? First, people in third world countries can get cell phones. Second, have you even seen the first season of The Wire?? That’s why we don’t use them!!”
Gomerblog also reached out to the president of the American Medical Association (AMA) to try to understand why in this era of advancing technology, physicians still rely on pagers. Per the president:
“Could we update the technology? Sure. Is there a more efficient way of communicating? Probably. But this is the way we’ve done it for 40 years and there’s no reason to change. Generations of doctors have suffered with pagers and we think the residents of today and tomorrow should suffer just as much as we did. If it means keeping the dying industry of pagers alive, then so be it!”
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