Re: Re[2]: E-mail: How does it affect our work?

Subject: Re: Re[2]: E-mail: How does it affect our work?
From: Worthington <debral -at- FALCON -dot- CC -dot- UKANS -dot- EDU>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 1995 16:22:03 -0500


Your points are well made.

I do still have my questions about the long-term effects on our
interpersonal skills.



On Thu, 21 Sep 1995 powen -at- mail -dot- lmi -dot- org wrote:

> Jack Worthington says

> > I feel that E-MAIL has made life a lot more impersonal. This is BAD
> > for society, BAD for our kids, but nevertheless, FUN to play with.

> > Go figure!

> I feel just the opposite. I've developed personal relationships online that I
> enjoy very much and have done a much better job of communicating with distant
> family and friends since e-mail became available. I'm not exactly phonephobic,
> but I really don't like the beasts. I hate getting calls from friends who want
> to have deep conversations (which I normally enjoy face to face) when I'm in
> middle of something or just am not in the mood to talk. I always feel terrible
> if I don't respond the way they need me to respond. I feel the same way when I
> need to talk to them and they're, well, just not in the mood. And
> - forget it. Somehow that always seems more formal, requiring careful thought.
> And since I'm too lazy to write letters often, much more is invested in what I
> say and how I say it. Then there's the stamp and licking issue - too much work
> :~{

> With e-mail, however, I communicate often with my friends, family, and online
> companions. I can write it when I'm in the mood and have the time. It's fast,
> I can write frequently and quickly, not worrying about what my mood is at that
> given second, since my addressees get a lot of my e-mail by which to judge
> missive.

> The more difficult issue for me is exactly what tone to strike with people I
> don't know well but with whom I'm corresponding via e-mail. And those of you
> have mentioned the danger of setting ephemeral thoughts into "stone" via
> definitely have a point.

> So, I guess e-mail, like most technologies, has its good side and its bad
> And as with other technologies, I guess the best approach is to think
> about when e-mail is appropriate to send and about what it should contain.

> Pam Owen
> Nighthawk Communications
> Reston, VA
> Nighthawk1 -at- aol -dot- com, or powen -at- lmi -dot- org

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