How much is too much when it comes to checking your email? For many of us, we have multiple email accounts, which means that we have to check them multiple times each day- especially if most of our business is conducted online. For instance, whenever I am on the computer, I always have my main email account open in a tab on my web browser so that I can see when any new email comes in. It seems that anytime I’m not looking at my email, I receive a bunch of emails. But is there a limit on how often you should check your email so that it’s not viewed as an obsession?
If you ask most people, it seems like you can’t get one really solid answer on how much is too much when it comes to checking your email. A lawyer might check his email twenty times a day, while a stay-at-home mom might only check her email once. It seems that something as simple as checking one’s email is not easily quantified. Rather, it is contingent on the person, the person’s profession and how much of that person’s profession and/or personal life is conducted in the virtual sense. It almost seems as if emailing someone has replaced all other forms of communication.
Can you remember the last time that you sat down and physically hand-wrote a letter to someone? What about the last time you called someone on the phone to speak to them versus writing them an email? Is email communication breaking down other forms of communication? Some would argue that this is exactly what is happening. People no longer know how to carry a conversation. They prefer to email someone over speaking to them in person or over the phone because it is less confrontational. Their attentions can be diverted to other things as they multi-task. The same thing goes for writing a letter. People prefer email because while you can be judged for spelling and accuracy, the other person on the other end of the line can’t judge you based on your handwriting if it is typed up into a neat email. Whatever your opinion, there are those of us who find that our handwriting has actually gotten worse because we never have the occasion to practice it!
Email is a great form of communication, and it is certainly cheaper than calling someone or writing them a letter. However, sometimes email can become burdensome with things such as multiple accounts and spammers. One way to attack the spam problem is to utilize the “filter” option that comes with most email accounts. Also, be wary of opening mail from people you don’t know. Spammers will often disguise themselves as people you may know by using the name of a friend or by addressing you by name. In some instances, opening up spam mail can cause your computer to become infected with a computer virus- something you definitely do not want. So, beware of the spammers. The next thing is to minimize the number of email accounts you have. Most email accounts provide the option of allowing you to integrate email information from a completely different email address into the new one with no problem.
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