Four Bad Things About Email…

I love email. Email is my absolute favourite form of communication. There’s nothing I love more than getting into a long email chat with someone. Generally I find myself more comfortable composing an email than making conversation with someone. I’m not sure why, maybe because I have more time to think about what I’m saying. But as much as I love email, it is far from perfect and sometimes emails can go wrong. Here are four reasons how that can happen:

1. Tone 

It can be hard to convey the right tone in email. Sometimes you can unintentionally come off sounding overly serious and formal.

Bad day 1

Littering emails with LOLz and exclamations marks (or both) changes the tone from serious to idiotic.

bad day2

So what’s the alternative?

bad day3

2. Length

Sometimes you might spend a considerable amount of time composing an email. So much so that your email is less like an email and more like a light-hearted friend essay.

Long email

After clicking ‘send’ you might feel pretty satisfied with your work and await an email of similar length in return. Instead, you get this:

Short reply

3. Kisses

A common problem which can occur when you’re emailing your beloved during work times:

Kisses

4. Delayed Reply

This is especially bad if you spend nearly all of your time emailing and waiting around for replies and so commences a bout of endless paranoid mind-trickery. It’s bad news for both people involved. The original sender freaks out because they spent ages writing an email to which they never got a reply. And the recipient has unknowingly caused upset by not replying because they’re either too busy or just forgot. On rare and sad occasions the sender might completely flip out and follow up their original email with something like this:

Angry email

To conclude: I love email but every now and again it can cause severe social awkwardness, send your boss the wrong message and can prompt people think you’re stupid, devoid of a sense of humour and/or hate you by accident.

That’s why, every now and again, you should see people in person to talk and give each other hugs.

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Comments: 3

  1. Simone July 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm Reply

    i love email. talking to people hurts sometimes.

    • Jo and the Novelist July 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm Reply

      Email is so much easier. I feel like I can organise what I want to say properly.

  2. Suniverse July 31, 2012 at 8:25 pm Reply

    I can’t wait to hug you.

    XOXOXO

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