You remember what we learned about email in Microserfs?
Typically, everybody has about a 40-percent immediate cull rate – those pieces of email you delete immediately because of a frivolous tag line. What you read of the remaining 60 percent depends on how much of a life you have. The less of a life, the more mail you read.
Some still believe it’s possible “having a life, online”. It’s not. All internet socializing is just another form of roleplaying. Fun, but not the real thing. It’s nice to take a break from reality every once in a while, but at the end of the day, life isn’t virtual. People like to forget that.
The cool thing with e-mail is that when you send it, there’s no possibility of connecting with the person on the other end. It’s better than phone awnsering machines, because with them, the person on the other line might actually pick up the phone and you might have to talk.