Email Use Runs Out Of Control
from the you've-got-mail dept
Email has become a burden for many people -- what was once a useful communications medium has now been overrun with useless messages, becoming yet another source of the constant interruptions that make up a workday and beyond. WIth forwarded messages and other "friendly spam", inappropriate replies, email's role in office politics, and people's addiction to checking their email, it's not hard to see how it could become a problem for some people. It's symptomatic of pretty much any communications platform: it's fine when it starts, gets increasingly annoying as it gets more popular, reaches a saturation point where it becomes almost useless, then settles down again when people get their sense back and/or move on to the next big thing. The original article mentions a guy who got so frustrated with the amount of email he got at work that he quit and became a consultant that helps clients "wrestle down their e-mail" -- that might be a bit extreme, but an extra added dose of common sense, particularly for the worst offenders, wouldn't be a bad idea.