E-mail: How does it affect our work?

Subject: E-mail: How does it affect our work?
From: Kris Olberg <KJOlberg -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 1995 17:47:51 -0400

I am interested in hearing opinions/observations on how e-mail has changed
our lives. Here are some of my observations so far:

* e-mail has revolutionized the way we interact with others at the office. I
have less face-to-face contact with my coworkers, which results in less
casual conversation, which results in less interest in them personally. So
what's the issue? Were we hired to interact socially/personally or do a job?
Are social and professional interaction separable to any great degree?

* e-mail certainly saves time.

* e-mail may enhance new or existing communication problems. Although I am a
better communicator on paper than I am in person, I think that most others
are exactly the opposite (IMHO). What does everyone else think?

* e-mail "ties" me to my machine. If the network is down, I am 'netless.

Any other issues surrounding e-mail?


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