We love to complain about the amount of email we receive, and maybe the problem is that it’s just too easy to send an email now—a few taps on a smartphone is all it takes. But back in 1984, it required some serious dedication.
This local TV relic from the UK shows just how much more complicated it was to send an email thirty-two years ago, using the Prestel system.
WASHINGTON — A panicked network anchor went home and deleted his entire personal Gmail account. A Democratic senator began rethinking the virtues of a flip phone. And a former national security official gave silent thanks that he is now living on the West Coast.
There comes a time in every person’s life when she must stare directly into the abyss and, without thinking, write the words “I hope you’re well.” This can happen to anyone, and it can happen multiple times a day. No person is safe from spouting out this meaningless salutation, and emails have begun to feel incomplete without it. If an alien society discovered our dead Earth centuries from now, the first thing they’ll find is a bunch of fossils scrawled with “I hope you’re well,” and only then will they gain access to time capsules filled with CDs of Aquemini and printouts of Justin Bieber’s Instagram.
Well, maybe not your life. But certainly your reputation with people of good taste.
Helvetica, the hip font of choice for brands and typeface nerds, is the default font setting for Apple Mail. Gmail defaults to Arial, a font one designer called Helvetica’s “ugly bastard son.” If the browser doesn’t support Arial, Gmail will use Helvetica instead.
Being alerted when each and every new email arrives is now accepted as one of the major drains on our productivity along wit the general email overload it causes. Working efficiently means turning off all those new email alerts
Chances are, your employees are drowning in email, text, social media and other information every day. They’re overloaded by business processes run amok — and it’s not healthy for them or your business.
You’re not alone if your company’s work processes are too complicated (and too hard to communicate). A recent Bersin by Deloitte report found that more than 70 percent of organizations surveyed rated the need to simplify work as an important problem. What’s more, 74 percent of respondents rated their work environment as complex or highly complex.
While 2016 is shaping up to be the year virtual reality and the Internet of Things went mainstream, it could also go down in history as the year email’s much-touted demise cranked into overdrive. At least, if this week’s events are anything to go by.
About five years ago I realised that email and the internet was having a lot of negative side effects in my world and wellbeing. I started to make a series of changes that dramatically improved things, the most recent of which is possibly the riskiest and potentially most powerful: working through my inbox just once a week.
Our findings show that some patterns of email use are associated with lower perceived productivity and higher stress. The longer daily duration spent on email, the lower the assessed productivity and the higher the stress. With high email use, people who chose when to self-interrupt to deal with email, and “Batchers”, people who cluster email use, assessed their productivity higher at the end of the day compared to those who check email triggered by email notifications, and to those who check email consistently. To our knowledge, our study is the first in situ multi-method investigation of email activity, workplace outcomes and stress. Our results lay ground for future theoretical exploration of these effects, and provide valuable practical lessons for organizations and knowledge workers.
SAN DIEGO — Americans are struggling with information overload and the hidden costs of being perpetually “plugged in.” And there’s perhaps no one who feels this most acutely than the people who helped create the current tech and media ecosystem.