Do You Like to Email?
I love email. I prefer it over all other forms of communication. I like that the other person receives my messages instantly. I like that I can open the emails I receive and read them at my leisure. I like that I have a copy of what I wrote in my sent folder. I like that I can use the search function and find old emails.
I am better at expressing myself through written communication than verbal communication. I can hold messy, difficult conversations as long as the other person allows me to jot down my thoughts first in an email.
I can toss off an email to Josh in the afternoon and it becomes his shopping list on his way home. Email helps me schedule plans, keep in touch, and do my job from home.
I love email.
Which means that I’m over 41.
By a weird coincidence, I am over 41. By six months.
Gizmodo recently reported on their study that found a communication gap between generations. People over 41 tend to love to communicate via email, and people under 41 prefer to meet people face-to-face or use a bunch of different apps:
First-generation internet users (people between 41-70) say they communicate with email more often than they communicate face-to-face with co-workers. 91% of them reported talking to colleagues with email, while 86% said they talk in person.
That’s me: first-generation internet user.
Most of my friends (I think? Unless they’re humouring me?) prefer to communicate via email vs. try to connect over text messages or Twitter or Facebook. But it does make me wonder what happens when one person is an emailer and the other person is a Twitter-er. Does one person have to forgo their communication comfort zone to speak to the other person? And which person budges themselves over to their less favourite format for communication?
As a side note, I love that Sarah Silverman still emails her mother though she died this past summer. You can’t do that with a phone call. And Facebook feels a little too public for that type of intimate conversation. But I love that you can still email someone after they’re gone; pretend they are reading it and feel close for a moment.
How do you feel about email? Or do you have a different favourite form of communication?