My recent hacking trauma has sent me to the ramparts, and I find myself increasingly on a soapbox railing against many things digital of late, things which are just plain stupid, often mean-spirited and a waste of time.
[Bear with me, there are many other writers concerned about these issues and headaches that somehow reduce our humanity as well as the quality and substance of our communications, and as I run across the more sensible and cogent, I’ll pass them onto you in the hopes you find them interesting too.]
Here’s one for starters right out of today’s New York Times—
The New York Times on its “Bits” page today ran a short but disturbing piece on a subject I suspect many of you are rankled by every single day.
This one will really ring your bell and is worth the few minutes to check out.
“You make it easy for people to do something, they will do more of it.”
“Studies have shown that all this email leads to an unproductive and anxiety-ridden workplace.” The daily tsunami for the average person has become overwhelming and unmanageable, and thus the good and necessary is drowned in the flood of the pointless and irrelevant.
” . . .in the workplace email has become a major barrier to efficiency.”
Net result? Most emails sent are deleted unread, and important, perhaps critical, communications go unnoticed.
“In the past, with letters, people put thought [Thought!?] into what they were going to write before they sent it . . . With digital, it’s send first, think later.”
Confession time for me: I rarely read my email anymore, only glance through it quickly, if nothing screams at me or gets my serious attention in the 30 seconds a day I give it anymore, I trash all of it and have done with it.
I know there are many more out there just as ruthless as I am with emails, probably hundreds of thousands even more draconian.
Email is history as far as I am concerned, and will be for most serious influencers, people who’ve got big things on their minds and deadlines.