Sure, the always-on Internet has brought us all closer together in some respects, but it’s also lead to the demise of basic communication skills like proper grammar and punctuation – and dare I say – paved the way to shorter attention spans and poor social skills.
E-mail in particular lacks the visual and tactile clues necessary to effectively communicate and form judgments. This leads to greater potential for misunderstanding. And let’s face it, most of the stuff we receive each day is junk and a waste of productivity.
Here’s a great, lighthearted flowchart from Online IT Degree (which is apparently the real name of a real company), designed to help you decide whether it’s really worth sending an e-mail.