So what's the deal with all the "No Email Friday" talk? One article blames email proliferation for hurting employee relations. And here's an article I ran across today: Businesses Fight Email Monster they Helped Create. On June 14, the New York Times ran this article: Lost in E-mail; Tech Firms Face Self Made-Beast.
Am I the only one who thinks taking an entire day off from email is going too far? I agree that in these recent days some may stray away from the true spirit of Web 2.0, which emerged to make the internet work the way it was originally intended--to connect people with the information they want in the WAY they want it. But just because some people abuse the tool doesn't mean you should quit using the tool; it doesn't mean the tool isn't otherwise useful. Great email tools (such as automatic filtering in Gmail) make it easy for us to filter through the barrage of information thrown at us, but they are no substitute for our own brains' abilities to skim and filter quickly.
Come on, surely none of us still has the "You've got mail" audibly broadcast to interrupt us with each incoming email. Finish one thought and go to the next. Skip the ones that can be ignored or can wait. Deal with the urgent. Close the program when you get a phone call. It's common sense. I don't need my boss to tell me to turn off my email program for an entire day just so I'll make some phone calls or visit some people in person. I do that every day as it is. I don't know why this makes me so hot under the collar but it really does. Come on people! What are your thoughts? Email me directly or submit your response below.
Tue, June 17, 2008
by Andrea Decker