Today I received over 95 emails. 34 were waiting for me when I woke up and the balance were received up to 6PM which is where I have stopped counting. I know I’ll get some more before I settle into bed.
Now I imagine Bill Gates receives more and I also imagine he has a few intermediaries that filter out the sorta important and make sure only the really, really important stuff actually lands in the inbox. And I don’t mean the stuff with the red exclamation point (!) ‘cause that’s too easy. I mean the really important stuff.
Back in the Day
How did we get like this? I can almost remember my first electronic mail message in 1994 and how it was just a hello from a co-worker. That’s when the problem started. I responded to that first —– email. Now, I feel obligated to respond to just about everything and that response elicits a retort of its own. If my wife sends me an email saying she will be late for dinner, why must I respond ‘OK’? And why must she then respond ‘Thanks’ or ‘Good’? This is crazy and we know it, but we keep it up and up and up.
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